Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings made over 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award-winning Matangi/Maya/M.I.A is a startling portrait of the critically acclaimed artist, following her journey from refugee immigrant to boundary-pushing pop star. Beginning as Matangi, a daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s Tamil resistance, her family fled from civil war to live in the UK when she was a young child. There she became Maya, a precocious and deeply creative London teenager, before finally emerging on the global stage as M.I.A., the ultra-confident and über political voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth, blending activism, art school punk and hip-hop beats.
“This is not a normal pop documentary, because M.I.A. is not a normal pop star.” — The Atlantic