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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018)

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Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

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Steve Loveridge (as Stephen Loveridge)

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M.I.A.
3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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M.I.A. ... Herself (as Maya Arulpragasam)
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Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

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This is not a normal pop documentary because M.I.A. is not a normal pop star." -The Atlantic


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UK | USA | Sri Lanka

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Untitled M.I.A Documentary See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$43,573, 30 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$230,600, 16 December 2018
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Trivia

Director Steve Loveridge was scolded by Roc Nation for releasing this movie's trailer months before the publicity blitz for M.I.A.'s upcoming album, Matangi. Loveridge responding by writing that he "would rather die than work on" the movie anymore. See more »

Soundtracks

Galang
Written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, Ross Orton, Justine Elinor Frischmann, and Stephen Mackey
Performed by M.I.A.
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TAMIL TIGRESS
8 October 2018 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Never mind the wardrobe malfunction, there's the The Super Bowl finger!

In a world where most pop stars' dabbling in politics is of a perfunctory, often naive nature, there exists a few explosive artists who really are game changers. Unfortunately, many are often disregarded as self-serving alarmists.

As a Sri-Lankan refugee, the transplanted Brit M.I.A has been tireless in fighting for the Tamil people seeking independence back in her homeland. With a father who co-founded the revolutionary Tamil Tiger movement, her's is more than just a privileged outsider connection.

Mixing pop and politics is also what this jumpy documentary is all about. Before music became her weapon (both intellectually and on the dance floor), video was M.I.A.'s vocation, and this film takes full advantage of a lifelong grainy footage trove to tell the complex story. The results are a mixed bag, but effectively show the growth of a spirited, young radical into world famous persona, with many of her victories, and missteps along the way. It's an engrossing doc, and must viewing for anyone wanting a well rounded look into what M.I.A., and her passionate struggle is all about. At the very least, it'll increase the Google activity on a much overlooked part of the world.


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