Through personal recordings made over a period of 22 years we follow Matangi "M.I.A." Arulpragasam's journey from refugee to pop star. The daughter of a Tamil activist, Arulpragasam fled the Sri Lankan civil war and settled in England in 1986. Rapping under the name M.I.A. she was quickly recognized for her political message and provocative style, and in 2017 she had a global hit with “Paper Planes”. This however, is only one aspect of her journey, and with MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. Steve Loveridge paints a nuanced and intimate portrait of Arulpragasam as an artist, activist and human being.
Steve Loveridge (UK) MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. is Loveridge's first full-length documentary.