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When Russia began bombing the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2022, every resident had to decide whether to stay or evacuate. For the members of the Nice Ladies—the ages 50-and-up women’s cheerleading squad—those decisions also had consequences for the team: Sveta fled to the Netherlands with her family; captain Valia and coach Nadia stayed behind. Relying on their individual training routines and sporadic phone calls to cope with daily traumas, each of these women fights to stay sane. But as the ladies press onwards to survive at home and abroad, war’s inevitable and more insidious twin weapons—resentment and survivor’s guilt—unleash unexpected, personal wounds. Witness a remarkable battle for sisterhood emerge in this uniquely inspiring, ongoing war story.

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  • Director(s)

    • Mariia Ponomarova
  • Producer(s)

    • Rogier Kramer
    • Maksym Nakonechnyi
  • Writer(s)

    • Mariia Ponomarova
  • Editor(s)

    • Annelotte Medema
  • Cinematography

    • Sveta Aparina
    • Niels van Koevorden
    • Lola Mooij
  • Composer

    • Mykyta Moiseiev

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