Watch this powerful documentary about the English/Sri Lankan rapper and artist M.I.A.
Join us before the film in the Gulbenkian Café for a pre-screening discussion on the “Risks and Challenges for Artists as Activists” led by Salma Ibrahim (Counterpoints Arts) and Momtaza Mehri (former Poet Laureate).
About the film
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. directed by Steve Loveridge
2018, English, Rated 18+, 96 mins
Drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya Arulpragasm and her closest friends over the last 22 years, capturing her remarkable journey from immigrant teenager in London, to the international pop-star M.I.A. Inspired by her roots, M.I.A. created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, Art school punk, hip-hop beats and the voice of multicultural youth. Never compromising, Maya kept her camera rolling through her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame grew and she rose to become one of the most provocative and divisive artists working in music today.
Momtaza is a poet, essayist and meme archivist. She is the co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She is the former Young People’s Laureate for London and a columnist-in-residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. Her latest chapbook is forthcoming from Goldsmiths Press in 2019.
Salma is Counterpoints Arts’ Office Coordinator. She is the Founder of Literary Natives, an organisation that supports writers of colour through events and workshops. Her interests are exploring coming-of-age narratives, memory, and movement through writing. She has recently received a London Writer’s Award from Spread the Word to develop her first novel.