Maya’s inspiring journey from refugee to pop star

DOCUMENTARY TRACES THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF
MAYA ARULPRAGASAM (AKA M.I.A.) FROM REFUGEE TO POP STAR

Dogwoof and Cinedreach has released the trailer for the kinetic and timely, documentary film MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. which hits theatres in the U.K. on 21 September and the U.S. on 28 September. The highly anticipated film chronicles the extraordinary rise to fame of M.I.A. the British musician (Paper Planes, Galang, Bad Girls) and outspoken voice for multiculturalism and human rights.


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.

Hers is an inspiring story of identity, creativity and resilience. 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 International Film Festival, Hotdocs and beyond.  The film is scored by Paul Hicksand George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison.

Dogwoof will be releasing the film in the UK and handling international sales.

Dogwoof present MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (2018 USA) a CINEREACH production in association with: HARD WORKING MOVIES and DOC SOCIETY “MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.”

Score by DHANI HARRISON & PAUL HICKS.
Music supervisor TRACY MCKNIGHT.
Co-producer JOSHUA RAPPAPORT.
Edited by MARINA KATZ GABRIEL RHODES.
Executive producers PHILIPP ENGELHORN and MICHAEL RAISLER.
Produced by LORI CHEATLE, ANDREW GOLDMAN and PAUL MEZEY.
Produced and Directed by STEVE LOVERIDGE. A Dogwoof release.

For more information please visit: www.miadocumentary.com

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