Martha & Niki


Swedish dancers, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos, made history as the first women to win the finals of the prestigious street dance competition, Juste Debout. Taking this as a point of departure, the film follows these two women on a professional and emotional journey towards self-realisation on their own terms, navigating this male-dominated space where their beings as black women and belonging are contested. Their bond and trust in one another seems unbreakable. As time passes and the story unfolds in Stockholm, Paris, New York, Havana and Johannesburg it becomes clear that both dancers envision very different paths for themselves. Martha & Niki is a deeply moving story about the fragility of friendship.

Cast & Crew

Director: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Writer: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Producer: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Erik Vallsten
Niklas Nyberg
Senay Berhe
Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Principal Cast: Martha Nabwire
Niki Tsappos