by James McClune


Pop-star, fashion icon, and activist Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., has musically had very recent success. She features in "Kites" alongside Kendrick Lamar on NERD's 2017 album No One Ever Really Dies and released her own album AIM also in 2017. Her most recent venture, however, has been in the film industry. With rave reviews from Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, M.I.A. looks to put her storied journey as a refugee and immigrant to pop star on the big screen. 

It is also no coincidence that she decided to announce the films release dates on world refugee day. "Maya" was a Sir Lankan refugee then London teen before she became M.I.A. She hopes the documentary depicts the little struggles women face in a fight for success, maintaining an identity or defining it through fame and accomplishments, and furthermore, the battle of communicating with people who don't really understand where you're coming from. Drawn from a collection of personal videos the film will depict her struggles but also connect many of her songs and lyrics to her personal life and give the audience a new perspective on her creative process

The highly anticipated MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., directed by Steve Loveridge, will be released in the UK on September 21st and the US the week following, on September 28th.

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Written by James McClune