Zaffan, a 12 year old girl, lives in a small rural community in Malaysia. In full puberty, she realizes that her body is changing at an alarming rate. Her friends turn away from her when a mass hysteria hits the school. Fear spreads and a doctor intervenes to chase away the demon that haunts the girls.
(a capsule review per the distributor until the film's theatrical release)
“Once we find the source, we can banish it.”
Tiger Stripes is the International Feature submission for Malaysia. The film is about Zaffan, a 12 year old girl, who’s being raised in a very strict conservative Muslin town, by her parents and by her school. She has just had her first period, the first girl in her class, and Zaffan begins to realize that her body is changing. She begins to get ostracized and bullied by her classmates for being different, and this is mainly due to the lack of proper sex education being taught in her school. The film is a striking allegory for how oppressive social conservatives can affect an individual and how it can make a young girl like Zaffan feel like a monster, or a rage-induced tiger.