OUT 21 September / CERT 18 / 96 MINS
DIRECTOR Steve Loveridge CAST M.I.A.
EDITED TOGETHER FROM 700 hours of footage, much of it shot by its subject herself, this is an up-close look at British-sir Lankan rapper M.I.A. (real name: Maya Arulpragasam), chronicling her journey from refugee immigrant to provocative popstar and activist. The focus here is on the last — there’s little time devoted to her music. And while that will be frustrating for some, what we’re left with is an intimate, illuminating documentary that speaks to her troubled upbringing — her father founded a Tamil militant group while she fled to London with her family — and core identity. After years of struggling to get her political activism to resonate, Matangi/ MAYA/M.I.A. gives it a microphone, and it comes through loud and clear.