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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.
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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:

$230,148, 13 December 2018
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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 »

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Macho
Written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, Ross Orton, and Stephen Mackey
Performed by M.I.A.
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A comprehensive, evocative bio-documentary.
17 October 2018 | by unityforallSee all my reviews

This movie, well worth watching for M.I.A. fans, was years in the making. Almost entirely composed of archival footage, it comes across as a labor of love from her longtime friend, director Steve Loveridge. There are scenes of extreme violence from Sri Lanka which could equate to an R rating.

Maya herself opens up to the camera with her well-known charisma, beauty, musical talent, and sincerity.

I had a hard time with the non-linear narrative, and the film itself seemed to sputter out at the end. Much of the hand-held shaky camera shots were unwatchable on the big screen. A shame, because the subject matter was compelling.


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