African Film Festival 2017: Martha and Niki

Film - Series | April 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2011 two young Afro-Swedish women took on the macho world of competitive hip-hop dance—and won. Niki Tsappos, born in Ethiopia and adopted by Swedish parents, and Martha Nabwire, a more recent immigrant from Uganda, are best friends whose skills and teamwork knock audiences and competitors—especially men—for a loop. (“Guys always want to be in charge,” they note.) Boasting some amazing dance-battle footage and moving from Stockholm to Paris, Cuba to South Africa, this high-energy documentary follows these two vibrant young women as they travel, dance, and grow both closer together and farther apart.