NL, UA

2023

80 min

In production

Nice Ladies

Directing: Mariia Ponomarova

Synopsis

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.
Month by month, the team is getting stronger choreographies. They have to learn complex pom-dance routines and do well in the championship, so there is no mercy from the trainer.
Yet there is also no mercy from the championship rules as well - Nice Ladies belong to the category ‘Masters 25+’ facing competitors twice younger than them.
Feeling beautiful on stage, Nice Ladies face the pressure of complying with their social roles of passive babushka’s, caretaking mom’s, obedient wives, conforming colleagues and females at the ‘sunset of their lives’ in their daily lives. However, weak social security and challenging economic situation, prejudices and ageism, loneliness and health constraints seem as their even stronger enemy.
After the months of preparations, the team embarks on the 30-hours self-funded trip by bus to the Cheerleading Championship destination.
Will ‘Nice Ladies’ pick up a battle?

Articles

True Story, episode 36: Mariia Ponomarova
1. 5. 2022

True Story, episode 36: Mariia Ponomarova

EX ORIENTE FILM EAST DOC PLATFORM Interview TRUE STORY
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.
read more
Nine projects supported by the IDF at DOK Industry
12. 10. 2020

Nine projects supported by the IDF at DOK Industry

EX ORIENTE FILM EAST DOC PLATFORM
DOK Lepzig's DOK Industry line-up includes five projects from the Ex Oriente Film & East Doc Platform presented online during DOK Partner Presentations. In the programme of DOK Co-Pro Market you can find another four projects supported by the IDF.
read more
Ex Oriente Film 2020 projects revealed
1. 6. 2020

Ex Oriente Film 2020 projects revealed

EX ORIENTE FILM
The Institute of Documentary Film is proud to present 12 documentaries that have been selected for the 18th edition of the Ex Oriente Film workshop out of a record number of 108 submitted projects.
read more
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.