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SDAFF 2023 presents ‘Tiger Stripes’: I’m seeing red 

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At the ripe old age of 12, Malay Muslim girl Zaffan is the first in her class to experience physical growth changes and all the stigma that comes with them.

It’s virtually impossible to watch this film, beautifully shot in the Malay jungles and surrounding communities, and not cringe at all the restrictions placed upon Zaffan (Zafreen Zairizal). And it’s everywhere, every single last place Zaffan is, there again she is shamed, shamed for something that happens to every girl in the entire world at one point or another (a few medical exceptions and our LGBTQ+ brethren noted). Her mother is a tyrant and her wrath can be biblical, Zaffan isn’t about to involve her indifferent father in her adolescence, and her school peers make everything a million times worse. 

What is it about some particular girls in school, the ones that form the cliques around whatever current popular drama there is and then begin terrorizing the weak? Zaffan being the first among them all to experience her period, in such a dramatic and a you-can’t-unsee-that fashion, and all her peers saw it too, it’s certainly terrifying for some, to realize they too will have to go through that. Then again, perhaps the former best friends of Zaffan, Farah (Deena Ezral) and Miriam (Piqa), are somehow insanely jealous that Zaffan will now blossom and begin to experience the fullness of life outside the school and the sad little community houses. 

Or not? The way Farah goes from mean-girl ousting Zaffan at the school and the cadet squad, to actually physically assaulting Zaffan while spouting religious propaganda, seems more like insanity and less like jealousy to me. The other cadets and students blindly following Farah’s orders, even sad little Miriam, is complete to be expected, and if this were real life, is pathetically still exactly what would happen. They’re drones, and Farah seems to have elected herself queen bee. 

Nobody expected Zaffan’s response to any of this. Her reactions to the horrifying changes happening to her poor body, completely beyond her control, the disgust and the embarrassment, and then the absolute fury at the manner in which she is treated, are all superbly displayed in a way any of us can sympathize with. The world’s population of women who experience periods cringed in empathy as Zaffan tried so hard to hide from the grossness of it all; they gnashed their teeth in anticipation as Zaffan grew more and more bestial in her righteous rage; and we all, every single last one of us, cheered when the severed head of that charlatan exorcist went flying from Zaffan’s claws. 

As should be entirely expected from the Malaysian censors, their conservativism made the version of the movie shown after their cutting-floor treatment something the filmmaker disowned. It’s never comfortable in any culture to take a magnified view of the stigmatization of the whole period mess, and even harder to view any such practices objectively. Filmmaker Amanda Nell Eu does so with humor, with an almost sadistic glee, because really, after watching all that Zaffan is subjected to on a daily basis, who could blame her for trying to literally claw her way to some freedom! 

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Funko Fundays Returns to San Diego Comic-Con with Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage

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Funko Fundays, the ultimate celebration for fans of all things Funko, is making its grand return to San Diego Comic-Con this year, promising an extravaganza bigger and better than ever before. At the ongoing Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Funko enthusiasts were treated to an exciting glimpse into what awaits them at this year’s event: Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage.

Scheduled to unfold over two days, Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage aims to immerse attendees in a whirlwind of Funko-themed delights and surprises. The unveiling at C2E2 offered a tantalizing preview of what’s in store, showcasing the event’s vibrant atmosphere and the intriguing additions that await eager fans.

Among the highlights of the reveal were the event team mascots, each adding their unique flair to the Funko experience. From the majestic Crown Krakens to the adventurous Pop Bucklers, the mischievous Proto Pirates, and the psychedelic Blacklight Buccaneers, these mascots promise to infuse Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage with energy and excitement. Additionally, the treasure-chest-themed Box of Fun adds an extra layer of mystery and anticipation to the proceedings.

While specifics regarding the event’s scheduling remain under wraps, speculation points towards the traditional Friday night (July 26) and presumably Saturday (July 27) as the likely dates for Funko Fundays. However, official confirmation is yet to be announced, keeping fans on the edge of their seats with anticipation.

For those unable to attend the unveiling in person, a glimpse into the excitement was provided by @flippiefloppies on Twitter, offering a visual feast of what Funko aficionados can expect at Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage.

As the countdown to San Diego Comic-Con begins, the anticipation for Funko Fundays continues to mount, promising an unforgettable experience for fans old and new alike.

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