Update (3:27 p.m. ET): Hot Docs tweeted Wednesday morning that M.I.A. was in Toronto and would be attending her documentary premiere Wednesday evening.
Just a heads up for anyone attending @MIAdocumentary tonight at @HotDocsCinema or our Scarborough screening on Thursday, May 3—@MIAuniverse is here and happy to confirm her attendance! #HotDocs25pic.twitter.com/JPtwmXq7Tt— Hot Docs (@hotdocs) May 2, 2018
Musician M.I.A. was unable to board a plane to Canada after U.K. officials found a stamp in her passport from 2017, she said Tuesday.
The rapper took a selfie with her passport, mimicking the pose on the poster behind her, and posted it on Instagram.
"Jealousy is a terrible thing. At the airport in London they wont let me board a plane to Canada for screening of documentary," she wrote.
"Apparently a (mysterious) person has added a stamp on my name in 2017 for some issue. No one knows who or what its about?!!!. Hummm I wonder who is that powerful in Canada/US who also doesn't want me to talk about the film??? Cloak and daggers... (it's) basically criminal."
Who is the best immigration lawyer on the right side of humanity ?— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 1, 2018
The British and Sri Lankan Tamil singer and rapper is scheduled to attend the Canadian premiere of her documentary "Matangi/Maya/M.I.A." at Toronto's Hot Docs festival on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the documentary festival— which is the largest in North America— told NOW Magazine that M.I.A.'s representatives "are working with authorities to try to find a solution."
"There is much anticipation for the Canadian premiere of Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. and we hope a resolution can be found that will allow M.I.A. to attend."
"Matangi/Maya/M.I.A." is a documentary about the artist's life and activism. It was directed by Stephen Loveridge and first premiered in Russia. Wednesday is the film's scheduled Canadian premiere.
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