Abramorama and Cinereach released the trailer today for the kinetic and timely, documentary film MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. which hits theaters in the U.K. on September 21 and the U.S. on September 28. The highly anticipated film chronicles the extraordinary rise to fame of M.I.A. the British musician (Paper Planes, Galang, Bad Girls) and human rights advocate, weaving a stunning story of identity, creativity and resilience.
Activist, mother, and style icon Maya Arulpragasam has been nominated for an Academy Award® (for Slumdog Millionaire), a Grammy Award and The Mercury Prize. Raised in Sri Lanka, an 11-year-old Arulpragasam immigrated to the U.K. with her mother and siblings to escape the violence of Civil War. Drawn from a cache of never-before-seen personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is an intimate and eye-opening profile of M.I.A.’s remarkable trajectory from young Tamil refugee to global pop star.
The film originally premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, and has since screened at festivals across the U.S. including opening New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and internationally at Berlin, Hotdocs and beyond. The film is scored by Paul Hicks and George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison.
Abramorama is distributing the film in the U.S., Elevation Pictures will be distributing the film in Canada. Dogwoof will be releasing in the UK and handling international sales.