Tiger Stripes

Tiger Stripes

Amanda Nell Eu

TW / SG / FR / DE / NL / ID / QA
Audience Award

Twelve-year-old Zaffan leads a carefree existence, despite the constraints imposed on her by her strict teachers and parents. She likes to make funny TikTok clips, to fight and make up with her girlfriends. They swear not to keep secrets from each other and boldly defy customs and religious norms – until the day Zaffan has her first period which precipitates a radical shift in the rebellious girl’s world. Suddenly, everyone around her, including her friends, shun and bully her, while her body undergoes a drastic and monstrous transformation. Meanwhile, a powerful and mighty tiger is roaming the countryside.

Afraid of being branded a demon, Zaffan tries to keep calm and ignore the community’s ostracization. But a charlatan is hired to drive out the girl’s supernatural powers. She resolves to use her newfound abilities, bares her claws and becomes an invincible heroine. In an uninhibited display of defiance, she dances the frustration out of her body and turns fearlessly and freely to another world. Drawing upon folkloric myths and fairy tales, Amanda Nell Eu uses drastic body horror elements to visualise a girl’s disturbing and bloody transformation and celebrates the power that this metamorphosis releases in the young woman … also arousing the curiosity of someone else.

Content note

Director / Script

Amanda Nell Eu


Jimmy Gimferrer


Carlo Francisco Manatad


Lim Ting Li


Gabber Modus Operandi


Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral, Piqa, Shaheizy Sam, Jun Lojong, Khairunazwan Rodzy, Fatimah Abu Bakar


Foo Fei Ling – Ghost Grrrl Pictures


Patrick Mao Huang – Flash Forward Entertainment, Fran Borgia – Akanga Film Asia, Juliette Lepoutre, Pierre Menahem – Still Moving, Jonas Weydemann – Weydemann Bros., Ellen Havenith – PRPL, Yulia Evina Bhara – Kawan Kawan Media


Weydemann Bros.

Portrait of the director Amanda Nell Eu

Amanda Nell Eu

Malaysian film-maker Amanda Nell Eu studied at the London Film School. Her short film It’s Easier to Raise Cattle premiered in the competition at the Venice International Film Festival and received a special mention at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Amanda is a graduate of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Locarno Filmmakers Academy. Her work explores the female body and identity in the cultural context of Southeast Asia. Her first feature-length film premiered at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.

Films by Amanda Nell Eu
Vinegar Bath 2018 | Lagi senang jaga sekandang lembu 2017 | Seesaw 2015 | Pasak 2012

Awards for ›Tiger Stripes‹
Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique 2023