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Martha & Niki


Martha Nabwire, Niki Tsappos,

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.

Jason Sanders