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AAFC Presents: 'Matangi / Maya / M.I.A' Screening

  • New Women Space 188 Woodpoint Rd Brooklyn, NY 11211 USA (map)

The Asian American Feminist Collective presents a community screening of the documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. The film chronicles Matangi, the daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka's armed Tamil resistance, and her journey from refugee to international pop star M.I.A. We follow along different stages of her art, music, and activism, from going ‘back home’ and untangling her desires to reconnect with her roots to becoming a representative voice in the Western cultural landscape of genocide in Sri Lanka. 

Following the screening, AAFC will host a facilitated talk-back to dissect and contextualize M.I.A.'s story. We’ll be discussing M.I.A. as an important figure of South Asian representation in the West and what it means to acknowledge and condemn her anti-Black comments regarding Black Lives Matter while holding space for her refugee status and fraught personal history. What do we make of M.I.A. as a complex and controversial cultural figure? What does she mean to us as Asian Americans and as activists? What can we learn from her story, and what does her journey illuminate about larger tensions between Asian and Black communities? 

Ticket price includes screening + wine (for 21+ only).
The Militant Manatee will be serving Taiwanese comfort food at low cost, sliding scale prices!

This event is open to all ages.
Unfortunately the screening space (the downstairs at New Women Space) is not wheelchair accessible. Read more about NWS’ accessibility here: 
Do you have specially accommodation needs? Please reach out to us at with ‘ACCESSIBILITY’ in the subject line.

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