MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. - Enzian Theater

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Southeast Premiere!

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, the Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, and hip-hop beats. Eye-opening and uncompromising,  MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explode, becoming one of the most outspoken and provocative voices in music today.

USA/UK, 2018, 95 min, Directed by Stephen Loveridge, Not Rated, In English and Tamil with English subtitles

  • “Fantastic…this is not a normal pop documentary because M.I.A. is not a normal pop star.”

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