MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate personal profile of the Sri Lankan artist and musician, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.
She was born Matangi. As the 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.
Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup identity that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.
Coming at such a poignant time in our history with refugees, this film captures the very essence of what it means to push through the limits of being “the other” to thrive under challenging conditions. In English and Tamil w/English subtitles. Not rated. 95 minutes.
Monday, October 8 at 7pm
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