*Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.*   2018. Sri Lanka/United Kingdom/USA. Directed by Stephen Loveridge. Courtesy of Cinetic Media

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. 2018. Sri Lanka/United Kingdom/USA. Directed by Stephen Loveridge. In English and Tamil; English subtitles. 95 min.

OPENING NIGHT

New York Premiere

Before rapper M.I.A. became a global sensation, known for her musical daring and tireless political activism for the Tamil people in her native Sri Lanka, she was an aspiring filmmaker, having made countless video diaries chronicling her youth and private life. First-time documentarian Stephen Loveridge, who attended art school in London with M.I.A. in the nineties, uses this first-hand material to craft a nuanced and intimate portrait of a woman finding her roots, voice, and stardom, and a deeply personal statement from a pop star yearning to express herself.

  1. Thursday, March 29,
    6:30 p.m.

    Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater
  2. Wednesday, March 28,
    7:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  3. Wednesday, March 28,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies New Directors/New Films 2018.