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Video: Steve Loveridge’s Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Video: Steve Loveridge’s Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

A docu project shrouded in controversy, and perhaps mystery, several including the singer/songwriter subject of the film (and perhaps even the filmmaker himself Steve Loveridge) never thought the M.I.A docu would see the day. Having trusted a friend with what are easily hundreds of hours of footage, her world premiere post screening reaction was that of a person who is used to being in control of her image and message, and had no say on what turned out to be an intimate and transparent musical diary, one that pieces and deconstructs the individual and displays how tenacity manifests itself creatively in her work. The treasure trove of nostalgia that is Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., left the artist perhaps vexxed and perplexed, and it made for a quite entertaining post-screening Q&A with lots of further “explaining to do”. Here is the world premiere post screening Q&A for the World Cinema Documentary Competition selection.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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