Martha & Niki

Director: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Countries: Sweden
Year: 2015
Running Time: 93min.
Language: Swedish with English subtitles


In 2010, Swedish friends Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos were the first-ever female hip-hop dance duo to beat all of their opponents—men included—at the most important international street-dance competition, Paris’s Juste Debout. Armed with boundless energy and huge amounts of talent, they annihilated the opposition. But what happens when they don’t come out on top? After one such disappointment, the first cracks began to appear in their friendship, and in spite of their shared passions, the girls’ different backgrounds and personalities come into conflict. This documentary not only captures two successful dancers in action, but also two young adults grappling with very different life questions. Where are your roots, and what elements of your culture do you bring along from your homeland? How do you keep your heritage alive, and how can you deal with all of these things within such a dynamic friendship?


About the Director

Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Biography: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens was born in Stockholm, but is now based in South Africa working as a director and a producer. Tora directed and produced the short film Tommy in Cuba, which was competing for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Her first feature documentary Colombianos has been awarded and shown at Film Festivals around the world. Her feature documentary Martha & Niki was the opening film at Nordic Panorama, and had its international premiere at IDFA 2015. The film received a special mention award for best Nordic documentary 2015.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Martha & Niki (2016).

Martha & Niki (2015).