Documentary Traces the Extraordinary Life of Maya Arulpragasm (aka M.I.A.) from Refugee to Pop Star
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.
For more information please visit www.miadocumentary.com
“Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.” (2018 USA) Abramorama and Cinereach present a Cinereacgh production in association with Hard Working Movies and Doc Society “Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.” Score by Dhanie 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. An Abramorama U.S. theatrical release.
Cinereach is an independent film company dedicated to the development, production, and financing of vital, artful films. In addition to “Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.”, recent Cinereach productions include “Sorry to Bother You,” “We the Animals,” “Beach Rats” and “Brimstone & Glory.” The company has also supported over 200 films through grants and other adaptive funding, including the recent titles “Monsters and Men,” “Shirkers,” “The Florida Project,” and “Strong Island.” www.cinereach.org
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