37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from  the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world  met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut and paste  identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip hop beats and the unwavering, ultra confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.


Saturday, November 3


8:30 PM


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 5

Film Info

Director: Steve Loveridge

Runtime: 95 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2018

Country: USA

Language: English, Tamil

Featuring: M.I.A.