Matangi / Maya / M.I.A

International Competition

(Stati Uniti, Regno Unito / 2018 / 90’)

You can love her. You can hate her. But there is no doubt: nowadays M.I.A is one of the most fascinating contemporary artists. This bad girl always had just one wish: express herself. In his documentary, that enchanted the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, Stephen Loveridge narrates the incredible journey of the young Maya, from her childhood in Sri Lanka to her transformation in M.I.A, the popstar, without forgetting her media fusses and her lawsuits. Among Tamil politic, immigration, scandals and colorful jackets, the artist paints herself in a colorful fairy tale but she is never abandoning her many contradictions, whispering: “Live fast, die young… bad girls do it well!”