Special Jury Award · Documentary · Sundance Film Festival
“You’ve got access to a microphone. Please use it to say something,” Matangi’s grandmother tells her. Crafted from a lifetime of personal footage, first time documentarian Steven Loveridge helps Maya do just that, crafting an eclectic, electrifying and energetic portrait that blends Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the voice of multicultural youth.
One of the most unique talents in recent music history, M.I.A (real name Matangi for the Hindu god, Maya to her friends) has released album after album to critical acclaim, including the chart-busting Paper Planes. But Maya has often overshadowed her own musical prowess with her capacity to outrage the machine with her unrelenting political activism- specifically the plight of Sri Lanka’s Tamil population.
An opportunity to be heard in her own words, this is an intimate portrait of an outspoken, fierce and provocative artist.
English and Tamil with English subtitles