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First trailer for M.I.A.’s new documentary arrives

Dogwoof and Cinereach released the trailer today for the new 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. and her 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 Hicks and George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison.