When M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” shot into the charts over a decade ago (yes, it’s been that long), it swiftly infiltrated pop consciousness to the point where still now, over 10 years later, most people can’t help but make finger-guns when the chorus comes on.
Followed up throughout the years with a barrage of certified rap bangers, as well as a few public tangles with other artists and publications, there’s no doubting the influence and impact of the British-Sri Lankan artist.
And now, M.I.A. has released the first trailer to Matangi/Maya/M.I.A, her upcoming documentary, which will give fans an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her life and career so far.
Helmed by director and fellow Central St. Martins alumni, Steve Loveridge, it follows her fleeing from Sri Lanka to the UK as a young refugee, to emerging as an internationally-known pop star and style icon. Already having scooped an award at Sundance, the doc is thick with M.I.A.’s political indignation and calls for multiculturalism.
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A will be released in UK cinemas on 21 September. Watch the trailer below.