Cheer Up Baby

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Cheer Up Baby

Directed by Adinah Dancyger

  • USA 2017; 13 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Fiction


New York City present day. Anna is a 21-year old dance major in college. She takes the train home after a day of dance class and babysitting. She falls asleep on the train and wakes up to a man holding her hands. He whispers something to her she does not want to hear. The film follows Anna for the next two days. She tries to go about her life but grapples with the haunting memory of the stranger from the train. The city acts as the cacophonous landscape in which Anna develops a new perspective, one where she finds herself both suffocated and free.

Director's Statement

CHEER UP BABY explores an insidious act of violation and a systemic desensitization to sexual harassment. In telling this story I not only combat a personal memory but also expose an unfortunate reality that many women relate to. The film presents an ongoing problem without a clear solution, but I hope that by bringing this story to life, it can serve as an outlet to share, discuss and inform — especially for those who find it difficult to address outside of themselves.



    Adinah Dancyger