In 2010 Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop. This film depicts their love of dance, each other and about friendship put to the test. About desires, yearning and finding the right path in life.
“Martha came to Sweden from Uganda at age 13, with her mother and sister. Today (2015) she is 21. Niki was adopted from Ethiopia and grew up in an artist family in Sweden. She is 26. Martha and Niki met through dance. The first time I filmed the two, they won Sweden’s biggest hip-hop contest and went on to the world championships in Paris.
My vision is for the film to speak to a young audience. I hope and believe it can trigger many emotions and thoughts among young people who are themselves seeking their own path through life. We often talk about promoting role models so that young people have someone to look up to and be inspired by. Martha and Niki are definitely role models, but not because they’re world champions.
What’s important in the film is not to highlight success and the importance of winning. It is their warmth, consideration, humor, thoughts and how they act towards each other and other people that I think can inspire the audience. It’s their way of being human that makes them role models. “
Tora Mårtens was born in Stockholm in 1978. She has a background as a still photographer and her work has been widely published in various magazines and newspapers and displayed in several museums and galleries. Tora Mårtens graduated from Dramatiska institutet in 2007. Her documentary work has been awarded and shown at film festivals around the world
Winner of the Tempo Documentary Award for the Best Documentary (2016)
Winner of the Guldbagge Award for Best Editing and for the Best Documentary (2017)
Nominee of the IDFA Audience Award – 13th Place (2015)