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True Story, episode 36: Mariia Ponomarova

1. 5. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

In March 2022, Ivona Remundová talked to Ukrainian producer and director Mariia Ponomarova about the need to listen to Ukrainian voices, her Ex Oriente Film workshop experience with documentary project Nice Ladies, and much more.


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Nice Ladies
Twice a week a group of 12 women aged from 38 to 73 called ‘Nice Ladies’ is gathering in the sports hall of Kharkiv University for the training. All together they are doing jumps, turns, and splits with pom-poms in their hands. A former gymnast, an engineer, a journalist, a university teacher, a former police investigator, an entrepreneur, a housewife - coming from various walks of life they become equal on the dancefloor focusing on one goal. The team has to prepare a strong show for the European Cheerleading Championship in Western Europe.
The cheerleading is not just their hobby, it’s their true passion. And as well - their escape. Some ladies joined the team to finally allow themselves to shine on stage, another one - to survive the losses of their loved ones, and others - to feel accepted, to be a part of collective where everyone takes you as you are.

PREVIOUS EPISODES
True Story - season 1:
Episode 01: A Loss of Something Ever Felt with Liis Nimik and Carlos E. Lesmes
Episode 02: Pure Art with Maksim Shved
Episode 03: Town of Glory with Dmitry Bogolyubov
Episode 04: Caught in the Net with Pavla Klimešová
Episode 05: Wolves at the Borders with Martin Páv
Episode 06: Her Mothers with Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics
Episode 07: Merry Christmas, Yiwu with Mladen Kovačević
Episode 08: An Ordinary Country with Tomasz Wolski
Episode 09: Acasa, My Home with Radu Ciorniciuc
Episode 10: Salt from Bonneville with Simon Mozgovyi

True Story - season 2:
Episode 11: Living Water with Pavel Borecký
Episode 12: Every Single Minute with Erika Hníková and Jiří Konečný
Episode 13: Reconstruction of Occupation with Jan Šikl and Alice Tabery
Episode 14: Once Upon a Time in Poland with Filip Remunda
Episode 15: Grief with Andrea Culková
Episode 16: Two Roads with Radovan Síbrt
Episode 17: The Good Death with Tomáš Krupa
Episode 18: A New Shift with Jindřich Andrš
Episode 19: Personal Life of a Hole with Ondřej Vavrečka
Episode 20: Peculiarity of Fisherman's Soul with Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová

True Story - season 3:
Episode 21: Davis Simanis
Episode 22: Museum of the Revolution with Srdjan Keča and Vanja Jambrović
Episode 23: How I Became a Partisan with Vera Lacková
Episode 24: Anna Zamecka
Episode 25: Alina Gorlova
Episode 26: Veton Nurkollari
Episode 27: Holy Father with Andrei Dascalescu
Episode 28: In Praise of Nothing with Boris Mitić
Episode 29: Common Language with Volia Chajkouskaya
Episode 30: When the War Comes with Jan Gebert

True Story - season 4:
Episode 31: Ksenia Okhapkina
Episode 32: Vlad Ketkovich
Episode 33: Darya Bassel
Episode 34: Judgment in Hungary with Eszter Hajdú
Episode 35: Marianna Kaat

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