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.
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