M.I.A - a documentary

M.I.A.
MIA
Maya Arulpragasam
Maya Arulpragasam

These last two weeks have been a journey. Not much physical but a lot of personal, internal battles that have needed sorting. I have been contemplating my values, political beliefs, and many societal views. We make people famous and don't question morale, yet I  am constantly asking myself, "what's up with that?". Which leads me to today's feature, M.I.A. an activist, artist, and public figure working behind the scenes to bring attention to global political issues.

The conversation is so current, yet not many are talking about it but thankfully Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, best known for her stage name - M.I.A., created the song back in 2015 which was important because it addressed the conversation of refuge and borders. The song is coincidentally called, "Borders" and it touches on a broad spectrum of the world issues occurring since the beginning of history and in present-day America.

The music video to the song opens up with hundreds of men running in line as if escaping something. M.I.A. sings:

"Borders, What's up with that?
Politics
What's up with that?
Police shots
What's up with that?
Identities
What's up with that?
Your privilege
What's up with that?
Broke people
What's up with that?
Boat people
What's up with that?
The realness
What's up with that?
The new world
What's up with that?
I'm gonna keep up an order".

She evokes emotions through the rawness of her music direction and visual conception that forces you to see the issues at hand that were occurring when the song was released and still persist. 

Following the verse above, comes the hook that starts off with:

"Guns blow doors to the system
Yeah fuck 'em when we say we're not with them" 

which so strongly brings attention to the forced system that many have to live under irregardless of its injustice. The beauty of M.I.A's artivism is that it encourages and inspires others to speak out against it.

At the age of 9 M.I.A was a Sri Lanka refugee who sought asylum with her mom and siblings in London. She speaks publicly on the matter and has mentioned that she  creates her music to inspire others who have gone through similar experiences. Watch the full "Borders" video below.