Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls


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


Special guest, Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of festival namesake, Margaret Mead, will introduce the evening.

What compelled you to see for yourself?
The first word I spoke was 'why'? It'll probably be my last too. I just want to know what's going on under the surface of the things. Documentary is all about discovery and exploration. It helps me gets closer to understanding the 'why' - in people, in the world, and ultimately myself. A thoroughly and gloriously selfish pursuit to connect.
—Juliet Lamont | Director, Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls