Matangi / Maya / M.I.A

Festival Guest International Feature

Sundance Film Festival 2018 - Special Jury Prize

Sri Lankan born daughter of the founder of the Tamil Resistance Movement and problematic pop-star, M.I.A. defies being pigeonholed. Using footage that has been captured over the last 22 years Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. allows unprecedented access to the forging of one of the most controversial and divisive artists of our time. In this intimate portrait of the provocative London/Tamil rapper, we watch M.I.A. develop from an immigrant teenager to an Oscar and Grammy nominee, never once compromising on her artistic integrity or unaware of the platform her fame affords to express her political beliefs. Whether she’s shedding light on the Sri Lankan Civil War or generating awareness on the plight of refugees, she does so with an unmatched sense of creativity. Premiering at the Sundance festival this documentary emphasises how important it is to have artists of such calibre in today’s fractured societies.

M.I.A concerts dates are CT 7 June Old Biscuit Mill and Jozi 8 June Newtown Music Tix available from

Cape Town
V&A 6
Fri 8 June / 8.15pm
V&A 6
Sat 9 June / 8.45pm
Labia 1
Tue 5 June / 8pm + Q&A with Maya herself
Wed 6 June / 6pm + Q&A with Maya herself
Sat 9 June / 8.45pm + Q&A with Maya herself
Sat 9 June / 8.30pm
Stephen Loveridge
Sri Lanka/UK/USA
95 minutes


MIA Documentary Subject