Martha & Niki

By Nadia Mabika

Warning: The following movie being reviewed may contain elements that are not suitable for lackluster viewers. Accordingly, viewer discretion is advised. The content of this film is solely the responsibility of Black Girl Magic and may result in a roller coaster of laughs, tears and bopping.

So if you have no plans for the beginning of July, well then congratulations, now you do!

Make your way to The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng to catch the deeply moving screening of Martha & Niki showing from the 2nd to the 7th of July. The film is a brilliantly gripping 90 minute documentary capturing two successful dancers in action as they grapple with their day-to-day encounters in the dance world.

In 2010, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos won the prestigious Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout, in Paris. By crushing all their male competitors, they became the first women in history to win the coveted title of ‘World Champions in Hip Hop’.

The film follows the unscripted journey of two Sweden based African women whose love of dance and love for each other highlights moments of sisterhood, identity, confidence, courage and hard work in a male dominated sphere where their dispositions as black young women is constantly contested.

We witness their journey (both on and off stage) unfold globally from Stockholm to Paris to Havana and even to our very own doorstep, Johannesburg. As the story progresses, we learn how self-definition can cultivate itself into self-realisation when we stay true to ourselves.

Martha & Niki is a heart-warming story depicting dance, sisterhood and love in the most real, vulnerable and upfront way. A definite must-see!

Rating: 10/10

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