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Thursday, October 17 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls

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Juliet Lamont

2012 | 75 minutes | Australia, Burma

U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance


How many films combine the giggly fun of an all-girl pop group with rare insights into a country in the throws of transition from military dictatorship to civilian government? In September 2010, oppositionist leader Aung San Suu Kyi would be barred from the general election and a military regime would almost certainly return to power. Against this bleak backdrop an unlikely all-girl group arises when Australian free spirit Miss Nikki May meets hard-headed Burmese entrepreneur Peter Thein. Initially packaged for pop stardom, The Tiger Girls, recently renamed the Me N Ma Girls, begin a long and rocky journey toward self-expression, and with every step the women take toward freedom and actualization—the lyrics of their pop confections often brandishing a surprising feminist edge—Myanmar’s political situation marches in tandem. The film, which we are thrilled to present to opening night of the 2013 Margaret Mead Film Festival, ultimately tells two interwoven stories of remarkable change and courage.

Co-presented by the Asia Society

The opening night welcome will be introduced by Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of festival namesake, Margaret Mead.


Thursday October 17, 2013 7:00pm - 9:30pm
LeFrak IMAX Theater

Attendees (6)