Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

A film by Ste­phen Love­r­idge. In Eng­lish and Tamil with Ger­man sub­tit­les.

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Char­ting her expe­ri­en­ces of civil war and migra­ti­on to her rise as a popu­lar but con­tro­ver­si­al star, this docu­men­ta­ry film traces the life of the sin­ger and pop icon M.I.A. Born in Sri Lan­ka to the foun­der of the Tamil inde­pen­dence move­ment, Mat­han­gi ‘Maya’ Arul­pra­gasam – ali­as M.I.A. – fled to Lon­don with her mother and sib­lings at the age of nine. Her ori­gi­nal plan being to beco­me a docu­men­ta­ry filmma­ker, she retur­ned to Sri Lan­ka as an art stu­dent and began filming her fami­ly mem­bers. Her jour­ney and her expe­ri­en­ces with Sri Lanka’s mili­ta­ry regime have shaped her artis­tic and poli­ti­cal atti­tu­des. She began making music and has deve­lo­ped a cul­tu­re clash aes­the­tic inspi­red by street art, hip-hop and various migrant com­mu­nities in Lon­don that has lead to world­wi­de suc­cess. Howe­ver, her sup­port for the Tamil rebels and her ‘bad girl’ iden­ti­ty have been har­sh­ly cri­ti­cis­ed by main­stream media, poli­ti­ci­ans and con­ser­va­ti­ve mem­bers of the public. Using archi­ve mate­ri­al from the last 22 years, most of which was shot by Maya herself, Ste­ve Love­r­idge reveals how Maya uses pop music as a poli­ti­cal mouth­pie­ce and does not shy away from being an out­si­der.

 
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US/GB 2018, 100 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Ste­phen Love­r­idge
Kame­ra: Gra­ham Boon­zaai­er, Cathe­ri­ne Gold­schmidt, Matt Wain­w­right
Schnitt: Mari­na Katz, Gabri­el Rho­des
mit: Maya Arul­pra­gasam

 
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