2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: MATANGI/MAYA/MIA

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Stephen Loveridge offers an insider perspective on the life and career of the popular musician.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Sri Lanka/United Kingdom/USA

Sundance Program Description:

Drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya and her closest friends over the last 22 years, MATANGI/MAYA/MIA captures Maya’s remarkable journey from immigrant teenager in London to international popstar MIA

MIA created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled inspiration from every corner of her journey: a sonic sketchbook that blends Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats, and the voice of multicultural youth.

Maya kept the camera rolling through her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame grew around the world. Filmmaker and longtime friend Stephen Loveridge situates us inside the personal process of one of the most provocative and divisive artists working in music today.

Some Background:

  • Stephen Loveridge

    Loveridge met MIA in art school at Saint Martins and has been a creative collaborator, providing visuals for her video “Galang,” and writing the foreword to her Rizzoli monograph MIA. This is his feature documentary debut and first project at Sundance.


  • Lori Cheatle
    Past Sundance docs:

    KIKI (2016)

    The Hard Working Movies founder most recently produced the SXSW award-winning I AM ANOTHER YOU.

  • Andrew Goldman

    Cinereach’s head of production, formerly of Journeyman Pictures, previously produced 2017 Sundance narrative award-winner BEACH RATS and produced the 2018 Next narrative WE THE ANIMALS.

  • Paul Mezey
    Past Sundance docs:


    The Journeyman Pictures founder and Cinereach director of original productions has also produced or executive produced several Sundance fiction alums, including BEACH RATS, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (2012), ANOTHER EARTH (2011), HALF NELSON (2006), and MARIA FULL OF GRACE (2004). He is also a producer of 2018’s WE THE ANIMALS.


  • Joshua Rappaport

    Cinereach’s head of post production and technology also co-produced 2018 Sundance US Dramatic Competition title SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and supervised post on several Sundance alumni titles.

Executive Producers:

  • Philipp Engelhorn

    Cinereach’s founder and executive director also serves as an executive producer for 2018 Doc Premieres title CHEF FLYNN as well as 2018 narratives SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and WE THE ANIMALS. He previously executive produced Sundance narratives BEACH RATS and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Engelhorn is a trustee of the Sundance Institute.

  • Michael Raisler

    Raisler was a co-founder and creative director at Cinereach until this past Fall. He also executive produced the upcoming SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and WE THE ANIMALS, as well as BEACH RATS and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.


  • Marina Katz

    This marks Katz’s first Sundance project. Previous films she has cut have premiered at Berlin and Toronto.

  • Gabriel Rhodes
    Past Sundance docs:

    NEWTOWN (2016)
    QUEST FOR HONOR (2009)
    MY KID COULD PAINT THAT (2007, additional editor)
    CONTROL ROOM (2004, additional editor)

Why You Should Watch:
Loveridge presents a candid look at the provocative performer and activist, employing extensive rare, early footage and never shying away from the controversies that have surrounded the outspoken figure.

More Info:
For Sundance screening dates and times, click the film title in the first paragraph.

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