The documentary about M.I.A. hits cinema's today and it’s an absolute must watch!
To some, M.I.A was just a controversial pop-star, a troublemaker placed to cause a stir within society. To me and many others M.I.A, real name Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam was a very necessary activist, a proud and brave woman, clearly standing up against the lack of rights she was granted as a human on this earth.
From refugee to immigrant, immigrant to pop-star, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. showcases these crucial life changing transitions, experienced by the woman we know as M.I.A. Directed by Steve Loveridge, the Sundance award winning documentary draws from personal video recordings, filmed over the last 22 years. The daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, Matangi a young girl, was born into a political and bloodshed war. Hiding from the government, she then fled to the UK with her family, where Matangi became Maya, the creatively driven immigrant teenager. Tamil politics, art school, punk culture and hip hop. All these elements then led to the creation of M.I.A. and fortunately for us, the camera was left rolling throughout. Now we get to see her truth, in direct visual form.
This documentary is an intimate look into the life of one of the most outspoken and provocative voices, within entertainment today. From the stresses of personal life to battles with the music industry and mainstream media, we now gain the opportunity to see and learn it all!
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is in UK cinema’s from today (September 21), watch the trailer below and be sure to book yourself a ticket. This is definitely one for history.