MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
Directed by Stephen Loveridge
The Festival closes with a decade long documentary on one of the most controversial musicians/artists in the world, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known to the world as M.I.A.. Chronicling her life from London immigrant teenager to international popstar, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is suitably disordered, provocative, and authentic in chronicling the life one of the most provocative personalities working in music today.
Digital artist turned director Steve Loveridge culls a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya and her closest friends over the last 22 years, as we see the evolution of her mashed up, cut-and-paste identity that she curates along her artistic journey — a mercurial blend of sonic experimentation, media provocation, and impassioned, often unpopular political activism.
Audiences are brought along for the ride, as Maya kept the camera rolling through her many battles with music industry suits and mainstream media, and her success and fame grew globally. — Anderson Le
Stephen Loveridge is a digital artist and filmmaker from London. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is his first documentary feature film.
Director: Steve Loveridge
Producer: Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
Co-Producer: Joshua Rappaport
Executive Producer: Philipp Engelhorn, Michael Raisler
Editor: Marina Katz, Gabriel Rhodes
Music Supervisor: Tracy McKnight