FQ Columnist Bilal Qureshi reflects on the “Getting Real” conference for documentary filmmakers through the lens of Steve Loveridge's film, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018). Despite giving the initial impression of being a standard rockumentary, the film reveals itself to be an unsettling meditation on gender, race, politics, and the entertainment industry's chronic limitations regarding voices from “elsewhere.” As such, it provides Qureshi with an ideal subject through which to explore “Getting Reel”'s discussion of documentary's crisis of inclusion and the critical need to expand opportunities for marginalized voices.
Elsewhere: Remixing and Reframing the Rockdoc: the M.I.A. Sessions
Bilal Qureshi is a radio journalist and cultural critic exploring the intersection of international politics, identity and art. From 2008 to 2015, he served as producer and editor for NPR's All Things Considered. He now profiles authors, filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians for the network. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. He also cohosts the FQ podcasts for Film Quarterly.
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Bilal Qureshi; Elsewhere: Remixing and Reframing the Rockdoc: the M.I.A. Sessions. Film Quarterly 1 March 2019; 72 (3): 66–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.66
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