An unhappy, badly losing team of Finnish cheerleaders try to step up their game while the more important battles in their personal lives propel them from girls to women.
Christy Garland is born in 1968 in Canada. Director Christy’s award-winning documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (Canada/Denmark) garnered rave reviews: “unclassifiable…echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes”; Film Threat -“the most poignant true story ever told”, National Post “heart shattering” and Now Magazine called it “cinematic gold.” Cheer Up (Finland/Canada) is her third feature documentary about teenagers on the worst cheerleading team in Finland, and premieres in 2016. 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.