Cheer Up

Sat 9 July / Cinemobile / 16.152016 / Finland, Canada / 86mins
View full programme archive2016 Focus on Finland

“An examination of three compelling young women bound by their varying degrees of commitment to cheerleading in the Arctic Circle.”

Cheer Up takes us into the teenage lives of a team of cheerleaders from the Arctic Circle in Finland, who always seem to place last. For Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are,  where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy. Cheer Up is a universal story about teenagers.

The film embraces the inner conflicts these young women face at such an important turning point in their lives – when relating to family, finding your own way, and fitting in with the crowd is not so easy. Win or lose, cheerleading for them is a second family (like dance, football and other hobbies) and an opportunity to learn about life, it’s pitfalls and success, sorrows and joy.

Official selection: HOT DOCS 2016

Director Christy Garland will attend.

Director Christy Garland
Script Christy Garland
Producer Liisa Juntunen

Presented with the support of The Finnish Film Foundation.