Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

V' 18

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Steve Loveridge
USA/GB/Sri Lanka, 2018
Features, 98min, OmeU

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Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Steve Loveridge
USA/GB/Sri Lanka, 2018
Features, 98min, OmeU

Sun
04
Nov
21:00
Gartenbaukino
Tue
06
Nov
23:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Sound: 
Tracy McKnight
Camera: 
Graham Boonzaaier
Catherine Goldschmidt
Matt Wainwright
Editor: 
Marina Katz
Gabriel Rhodes
Composer: 
Dhani Harrison
Paul Hicks
Production: 
Cinereach
Hard Working Movies
Doc Society
World Sales: 
Dogwoof
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is not your ordinary portrait of a music star because M.I.A. is not your average pop culture phenomenon. She is a child from Sri Lanka, an immigrant growing up in Great Britain, a music video reformer, an icon, a political voice and activist, the pulsating rhythm of streets at night, an aspiring documentary director, a performer, a refugee, a reader of Frantz Fanon, a mother, an experimental provocatrix, a lover, the daughter of a terrorist. She is “fucking popular”. She embraces and resists. The film shows all of that. We are invited to move our bodies and care. However, this is only half the truth. Matangi is also a vulnerable human being full of doubts, a posh rapper living the high life while identifying with the image of a poor Tamil, a clever and ambitious pioneer of selfmanagement. She is full of contradictions. Out of the 700 hours of footage the artist gave to him, director Steve Loveridge distills an intimate origin story of a woman between the Western pop world and her roots in Sri Lanka. Through his affirmative approach delicate secrets are revealed. Still the film does not take the magic out of M.I.A. but adds more layers to a defining artist of her generation. (Patrick Holzapfel)

In the presence of Steve Loveridge.

Steve Loveridge: NO EXPERIENCENECESSARY (2002, K)