Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (2013) MIFF Film Review


Australia/Burma 75 mins

This documentary follows an Australian in Burma gets involved with a company who is creating a girl band with the aim to make money. However, Miss Nikki (as she is known to the girls) sees more for this group. She sees the chance to change the role of women in Burma. The girls, five average girls from around the country, face a range of challenges, but their spirit and passion push them forward.

I don’t watch any of those dance or singing TV shows. I’m not into girl bands and pop music. I don’t know much about Burma except a passing knowledge of Aung San Suu Kyi. And despite all of this, I could not get enough of this film. Miss Nikki has her heart on her sleeve, the contradictory emotions about her position in the country and whether she is helping or hindering the girls she is working with openly discussed. But what I really loved about the film was the girls. Against the odds of the politics and the cultural norms, they want to change the world. I hope we see a lot more of them.

Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls screens at Greater Union on Monday, August 5 at 6:30pm and at ACMI on Wednesday, August 7 at 9pm. To book tickets, visit http://miff.com.au/

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