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. They struggle to improve, and try their best to look perfect doing it, but really, teenage life can be tough for these girls.
For Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are, where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy.

Theme(s): Girls, Friendship, Family
Produced by: Liisa Juntunen / Napafilms
About director
  • Christy Garland

    Born in 1968 in Canada, director Christy’s award-winning documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (Canada/Denmark) was qualified as “unclassifiable…echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes” and garnered rave reviews by Film Threat “the most poignant true story ever told”, The National Post “heart shattering” and Now Magazine “cinematic gold.” Cheer Up is her third feature documentary. Before moving to documentary, she directed several award-winning dramatic and comedy shorts, while working in the film industry as an assistant director.  She is currently shooting What Walaa Wants, in the West Bank, with Danish producers Final Cut for Real.

Festival(s) & Award(s)
  • EIFF Film Festival (2016)
  • Hot Docs (2016)