It’s a story of identity. Of a need to be heard. It’s an excoriating look at where the world’s attention lies. This trailer from Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.shows that it is so much more than your average pop star documentary. M.I.A.’s journey is at once a deeply personal microcosm and a revealing macrocosm. “She began as Matangi,” the video explains. “Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.”

It’s breathtakingly candid and refreshingly revealing — not to mention a reminder of why M.I.A. deserves to be a voice ringing loud on the global stage. “Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.” To understand the roots of this powerful artist, you can see the whole trailer here:

This documentary has already won a slew of awards and gained a ferocious momentum — and for good reason. It’s elevated the pop-star documentary genre and deserves your attention.