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About the film

A Russian wrestler enchanted by the United States plays the ultimate villain as the stars and stripes-clad character "American Hope” in Moscow's underground wrestling ring. It’s a Kremlin-run world far from the pageantry of USA pay-per-view popularity where the star-spangled red, white, and blue means the evil enemy and wrestlers slam into decrepit mats located in dingy basements. But Tim Maltser still dreams of becoming an American wrestling star like the larger-than-life WWF heroes of his childhood – and now he finally has his chance to gain notoriety by performing in a critical match for the coveted Moscow Championship Belt.

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Meet the Filmakers of Makethem Believe


Taimi Arvidson has directed, produced, and written documentaries, television shows, and commercials for eight years all across the globe. Her most recent work includes producing the landmark documentary series Belief for the Oprah Winfrey Channel and a documentary film for the Emmy-award winning National Geographic series Explorer. She has also directed and produced content for clients such as the National Geographic Channel, Nike, Esquire, Showtime, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Al Jazeera, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and more. She is currently the series producer on the National Geographic series Mars that is being executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Make Them Believe is her first film.



Nick Midwig has been a director of photography for 10 years. His most recent project includes the documentary Beware the Slenderman, which premiered at SXSW and will air on HBO in fall 2016. Nick also filmed extensively for the documentary series Belief for the Oprah Winfrey Channel and the National Geographic series Mars. Nick acted as a cinematographer on the critically acclaimed documentary 12 O’Clock Boys about a notorious Baltimore street bike group that premiered at SXSW and HotDocs. He has also directed and filmed branded commercial content for clients such as the New York Times, Subaru, The Weather Channel, Red Cross, Nike, Hilton Hotels, Chrysler, Sony, and more.

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