Film Club: ‘The Night Witch’

An animated film that profiles, Nadezhda Popova, known as Nadia, who became a World War II hero as part of one of the world’s first all-female bombing regiments.

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  1. Something that stood out to me while watching the film is how they said Amelia Earhart names which reminded me how my neighbor calls me that. Something else that stood out to me is how this film maker mad an animation. These things stood out to me because it is different from anything else that I’ve seen. Something that surprised me is that how the filmed is made. It looks like they drew it on a black wall. Maybe they did. I think they are trying to educate the audience about this piolets that were women and how they started their career. Some questions I have is why are they important? What did they do that was so impactful? A connection I can make is how my neighbor calls me Amelia Earhart. Then he tell me the story of her and her fights. This film reminds me of when I’m on a plane traveling somewhere. I always think about they piolets story like why did they become a piolet.

  2. What stood out to me was how the pilots had bad planes that didn’t have parachutes, guns, radios, or radars and still did many missions, but their fellow men counterparts saw them lower then they were. This stood out to me because even though the women are using bad planes that don’t have the right equipment for the missions they do, they were still feared by the Germans because the Germans believed that the women were supernatural beings. Yes i was surprised at how the planes were made up of cloth and plywood and were still functional to carry heavy bombs that they dropped on top of the Germans for many years, even though some of the planes were shot down. One question i still have is how did the planes carry so many heavy bombs without collapsing all at once. A message I took out from this film was that you can do anything you put your mind to.

  3. What stood out to me was the ending , where the narrator was Nadia. What surprised me was that they did not allow the women to fly or go to the academy after all of the hard work the women did. The feelings I got from it were kind of sad, they were in the middle of a war with people and family members dying. The women only wanted to help and they had to bomb and fly over enemies and were shot down before. That must be exhilarating and scary at the same time. My question is how did the women fight back after they were banded from flying? In my life, the only connection I can make would be that we had to do what is necessary. I have heard combat stories similar to this one that my father told me from his time in the army.

  4. It surprised when they said that they had dropped several tons of bombs in that little plane. It surprised me that after the war and after all the bombing they had done, they were now unsuited for combat unfairly. A message that I understood was that women can do just as much as men because even though they were treated unfairly and were given a tiny plane, they proved to the men that they can do good and strategic nonetheless. This film reminds me of when during the war they took over all the jobs and proved capable of just as much as men.

  5. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Film Club ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) The things that stood out to me is how their division is just all girls unlike the other divisions at the time, which were men that would be flying. Another thing that stood out to me is how Nadia and her crew were forgotten in history even though they were war heroes with a lot of medals. Some of the questions I still have are who else was on Nadia’s division who helped her on their missions to go down in history. One of the things that I was surprised with is how their male counterparts viewed them as just lesse pilots, but Nadia thinks she and her friends are nothing more than pilots. Some of the emotions I had was sadness because of how Nadia and her crew were forgotten even though they were war heroes and won multiple medals as well.

  6. It stood out to me that although the women were viewed as less then equals were an essential part to winning the war with all the bombs they dropped. I was surprised at how good the women piloted and attacked given the fact that they had no prior training, guns, or parachutes. How could they forget such acts of bravery. And having to go through what Nadia did at such a young age makes it even more impressive. I too wonder how she did it.

  7. Something that stood out to me in the film “The Night Witch” was how the women pilots had to fly without parachutes, guns, radio, and radar. This meant that if they ever got lost, ambushed or something similar, they would have a high chance of losing their lives. This surprises me more because it shows how low appreciation there was for woman, even though they were helping win the war. Some messages and emotions i felt along the way was sadness. I felt this as I heard more and more about how the women were taken for granted and also forgotten for their efforts. Some connections I can make with this film and the real world is that even now, in the 21st century, the female gender is still undergoing high inequality. A question I still have is “What happened to Nadia after the war?” and also “ is she in any museum being remembered for her good deeds?”

  8. I was surprised to find out that some women flied without parachutes, guns, radio, and radar. These women were brave to fly these planes because while flying their faces would freeze. I was also surprised to hear that the pilots would turn off the engines so that they would land stealth-fully. I have questions about how the pilots were able to navigate without a radar. I also have a question about how the pilots were able communicate with each other since they did not have a radio to use.

  9. The thing that stood out the most in the film to me is when they said that she got shot down multiple times because I would have thought that something would have happened to her but nothing happened. The same section surprised me also because of the same reason because they shot down her plane down many times and she still kept on going. The message I got from this film is that you should never give up because it said when she would go up into the air she would have to be up there with no parachute, guns, radio, or radar. Also, she had faced multiple challenges while flying and she fought through them. One question that I still have is the time period when this happened because I don't know if one of her challenges were with her being a female and if that could have influenced any of her challenges due to that.

  10. What stood out to me in the video of the "The Night Shift" was the theory and concept they use to sneak up on the germans during war. They would fly above them and turn off their engines so they can sneak up on them attack. They were among the world’s first female combat flight pilots.They also known as the Soviet Union’s all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment, referred to as the “Night Witches,” during World War II. It showed the courage, service and gender equality and charisma those ladies had.If I had ever met one I would ask how were they able to still fly with the engine off?This women were so courageous to take on such a job for their country.They didn't let nothing stop them especially because there in a man dominating job but broke through the expectations and barriers that people had for them.The night witches have won many awards for their braveness and their passion.

  11. The film “The Night Witch” follows a woman named Nadia’s journey in the Soviet Union. She as well as a few other women, were known as one of the world's first female combat pilots. This is even more surprising because it was done in a point of time and a place where women did not have many rights. However, the most surprising thing to me was how they were basically forgotten when they were so amazing at what they did. Some even say they could see in the dark. Their reputation earned them the nickname “Night Witches”. I get a powerful message that anyone can do anything despite obstacles and challenges . I wonder if there is a reason why their story isn't told. It seems like that would become a tale that people would tell their children.

  12. This week's film, "The Night Witch", honestly gave me a bit more insight on the female soldiers of the Soviet Union in the Second World War. Something that surprised me is that Josef Stalin had been convinced by a female pilot to assemble female-only flight squadrons. While watching, I immediately knew I would be interested when it brought up the German invasion of the Soviet Union, since history peaks my interests more than most things. A connection I made was with how I already knew there were female tankers in the Red Army, but I didn’t know women were originally barred from service. Something interesting I learned is that the Night Witches earned their name because of the way they'd fly in and turn off their engines, gliding in undetected. The gliding the Germans heard sounded like witches' brooms scraping the clouds, leading to the 588th being coined "nachthexen" by the enemy, which means "night witches".

  13. In the short film, "The Night Witch", by Natalie Proulx, multiple things stood out to me. For example, I found the way the pilots flew over the germans was very interesting and clever. It made a lot of sense for them to cut off the engines so they wouldn't alert the Germans of their presence. Also, I found it very intriguing in the fact that Nadia didn't let the male pilots who harassed her and the other female pilots stop her. This shows a lot about how Nadia was a very strong willed and determined person. Something that aggravated me though, was that this story was just kind of forgotten. I found it very intriguing and it had good messages in it, which I think should be shared with everyone. In conclusion, multiple things stood out to me throughout the short film, "The Night Witch".

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  15. In the film “The Night Witch” by Natalie Proulx what stood out to me the most was when the girls had to fly without parachutes, guns, radios, and radar this stood out to me because they did their job very well even though they didn’t have the materials to do it. What surprised me the most during this film was that the girls couldn't see anything when they were flying the plane. For example, some of their enemies would say they were injected with medicine or took some sort of pill to get these abilities. During the film I thought it was sad that the men still didn’t think the women were equal even though they have proven themselves multiple times. During this film I was also wondering how did they know where to go when they didn’t have the materials for it to find out.

  16. In the film “The Night Witch” what stood out to me was how even after they flew 852 missions women were still viewed as unsuited for combat. I was surprised on how she joined the flying club when she was only 15 years old. I was also surprised when they had to fly without parachutes, guns, radio, and radar. I think how they flew flimsy planes but still managed to drop 23 tons of bombs on the Germans was shocking. I thought it was interesting how they cut the engines so the Germans wouldn’t hear them coming to attack and how it was so quiet they called them “night witches”. I also thought it was interesting when the Germans claimed they were given injections and special pills so they could have “cat like” vision. One question question I have is how was the “flimsy” plane able to carry 23,000 tons of bombs?

  17. After watching this video I found Popova's story very fascinating. The way they got their name was especially interesting. I was surprised that even after all of the Night Witches' accomplishments and after proving their worth they still were pushed away and disregarded in society because they were women. They deserved to be acknowledged and given the same resources the men were. If I could, I would definitely ask Nadezhda Popova specifically about her experience having to fly without parachutes, radars, guns, etc. I would be very interested in hearing how she managed to push through even when she was given the worst of the worst, such as the little planes that were all that was left. Also, I was surprised I had never heard about her before but I'm glad Nadezhda Popova is finally getting the recognition she deserves. If I hadn’t seen this film I would most likely never have heard about her or the Night Witches.

  18. The film, "The Night Witch, gave me an insight on the impact of the female pilots of the Soviet Union during the Second World World. What stood out to me was how even though they have achieved and done so many things. They were not treated as equals and forgotten. We never learned of the achievement of these strong and brave women. It was interesting how they got their nickname of the "night witches". They were silent but deadly. They were also extremely under-budget, but they were able to drop 23 tons of bombs on the Germans. That shows how talented they are. I admire how even though they were not given all the materials needed and seen as less than, they were able to achieve a lot. They were also an essential part to winning the Second World War with all the bombs that they were able to drop.

  19. In this film Nadia started flying bombers at the age of fifteen, she even started her own all female bombing regiment. These women were given flimsy aircrafts made of canvas and plywood their faces would freeze because the cot pits were opened. These women flew without parachuters, guns, radios, or rader. They dropped 23 tons of bombs on the Germans. Completed 852 missions getting shot down multiple times and withount and of the safety measures or communication methods their male counterparts had. And it's sad that their enemies thought of them as supernatural while their male counterparts saw them as beneath them and ridiculed them. These women were stealthy, they would cut of their engines and silently attack so the germans couldn't hear them attack(which got them the nickname Night witches) which I think is amazing because even though they lacked lots of resources they used their heads and came up with great plans. Even though these women went through many trials and tribulations and showed how amazing and resourceful women are, Soviet women were barred from most service academies and they were viewed as unsuited for combat.

  20. In the film ‘The Night Witch” educated me on the Soviet Union’s female pilots. I had just read an article about it before watching the video and the video was able to add more insight about it. It was really cool on how they got their name. It’s very inspiring the fact that even though they didn’t have the best supplies as everyone did they still did amazing jobs and kept fighting. I was surprised that she started flying at such a young age. I think it’s very interesting how they were smart enough to get past the germans without them noticing. Even though these women weren't given supplies and the worst supplies they didn’t give up and their stories should never be forgotten.

  21. It is remarkable how the women were able to fly flimsy planes without parachutes, guns, radios, or radar. It is also remarkable how the women were able to fly their planes so silently. The women seemed so skilled in flying their planes, but their male counterparts thought they were less than equal, because they are women, which is ridiculous. Even after the Night Witches participated in so many missions, women were viewed as unsuited for combat. However, Nadezhda Popova still thought of the women as nothing more or less than pilots, which I found admirable. The film shows that women were very useful during wartime and gives the Night Witches the recognition they deserve.

  22. In the Film Club “The Night Witch,” the thing that stood out to me was that there were all women flight units in Russia’s army, because women were not allowed to participate in actions like these at the time. The other thing that stood out to me was the amount of bombs the dropped, which according to the short film was twenty-three-thousand tons. The part that surprised me was the fact that she joined a flight club at the age of fifteen. This surprised me because I can't imagine anybody my age flying by their self. This film gives me a feeling of liberation because these women who were looked down upon and didn’t have equal rights were able to gain the title of supernatural flyers while using low-quality planes. The one question I have is: how did Nadia survive getting shot down many many times without a parachute.

  23. In this week’s film club video, “The Night Witch”, the fact that the women would fly without the assistants of parachutes, guns, radios, or radars really stood out to me. This stands out to me because they’re putting their lives on the line going out without those items. They would go out pretty much as vulnerable as they possible could. So I wonder to myself, was it really worth risking their lives all those times. Also, I found it surprising that even though they took and used Nadia’s house, they killed her brother for no reason, I don’t think that it was necessary for them to do that. The types of planes they use surprise me as well, they were so flimsy and insufficient. They were made out of plywood and canvas, they only had two seats, and an open cockpit that would freeze the flyer’s face when it would rain and snow, I’m surprised the plains could even lift off the ground.

  24. After watching “The Night Witch,” something that I’d like to point out is that this film was entirely drawn and animated. I was surprised, because for me, that made it more unique and engaging. I was also surprised that the film said the pilots didn’t have proper equipment like guns, parachutes, or radar. This meant that you only had one chance to do something, and if anything happened, there was a high chance of losing your life. It’s genuinely astonishing that they managed to fight in an extremely tough situation like that. Something that stood out in this film was that women were still considered unsuited for combat, even after the Second World War ended. It’s sad that they did everything they could to help win the war with their hard work and dedication, and got nothing out of it. They deserve respect because of how courageous and brave they were.

  25. A while back, way before women even had the chance to participate in any war at all, there were women who took to the skies in hope of leading their country to victory. All across the world countless women went undercover as men just to be seen as equal in order to fight alongside men who wanted the who thought less of them. In the soviet union during WWll thousands of women went undercover. Many of the used second-hand planes while flying overhead enemies and deploying bombs causing catastrophic disaster upon the opposing team. This new approach led to many advantages in the fight that the soviet union had to partake in. The choice to participate in these activities rises with questions for the pilot's family and within the pilot herself.Such questions as "will I survive tonight" and " what will happen if I get caught, or worse what will happen if they find out I am a woman?" With this strength and great courage these women lead their country to victory

  26. What stood out for me is that Nadezhda Popova took that chance of being a pilot and being brave to go after the Germans when she and her crew had no parachutes, guns, radios, and radar plus they had to fight of the fact that their faces would freeze from being so high and cold. What surprised me is that they were able to defeat the Germans with only bombs and that they always went up into the air even though they were shot down countless times. Emotions that I took from this is that I was sad that her brother was killed after people demolished her house and made it into a police station. A question that I have would be how she felt when she went up into the air and how she felt when she heard that it was over? This reminds me of when Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

  27. I think it is so amazing how this woman went and risked her life so she could have the chance of helping someone else. It is so sad that she went through these things with her brother dying and her house being demolished. I think it is so empowering how despite what everyone thought, this women did what was right. She was able to fly her plane through extraordinary measures including staying so quiet, having no parachutes, guns, etc. Nadezhda Popova showed that she was-in fact-worthy of being a pilot, since everyone had thought women were not suited for flying planes. This woman had to be so brave to fly a plane during such a dangerous time with no way to know that she would be alright. Another aspect that is so crazy is how young she was when she first joined. Fifteen! It makes me sad to know that these women didn't get much recognition for the services they provided us with. I think that we should never forget what Nadezhda Popova and many other brave women did for us.

  28. After watching the film “The Night Witch, what stood out to me in the film is how these women flew planes that were so poorly built, without parachutes. Even though women were so great at flying planes, men thought they were better, and less equal to them. Another thing that stood out to me was the amount of bombs being dropped. One thing that surprised me, was how she joined a flight club without her mother knowing at the age of fifteen. Even though the Night Witches were not given everything they needed, they made the best out of it, and did not give up. One question that I still have is how did those flimsy, poorly made planes carry twenty-three thousand tons of bombs, and still staying in tact?

  29. In the film "The Night Witch" what stood out to me the most was when the Soviet Union was invaded and Nadia's home was invaded, turned into a police station, and her brother was killed. Something that I didn't know was that these women had to wear mens uniforms instead of their own. And I was surprised that they let the women fly the most flimsy and unstable planes that they had. The message that I got from this film was determination, because even though these Nadia was treated unequal to the men she still was triumphant, and earned many medals for her work. It does amaze me however that she was able to fly a plane at only the age of fifteen. But I am not that surprised she was able to so young because back then if you were able to help or work you didn't have a choice whether you wanted to or not.

  30. In the film “The Night Witch” the thing that most stood out to me was how these young women risked their lives knowing that they could die at any time because they were flying very flimsy old planes that the Soviet Union could give to them. They had to travel without parachutes, guns, radios, and radar and without good gear sometimes it could freeze their faces of. Something that really surprised me was how they would bomb other places and kill others and how that didn't affect their consciousness. Something that stood out to me as well was how many bombs they had adm how stealty they flew the planes where even the germans that said had amazing vision couldn't see them coming. Something I will take away from this is to always appreciate how long you are alive for and never do something that your going to regret when it’s too late.

  31. I think something that stood out to me was the way the women were treated even when they were doing such amazing things. It's sad to see that even then they were ridiculed simply because they were women. I think something that surprised me was the fact that they didn't have any of the equipment that the other men did, and yet they still went above and beyond and did more than the men did. I think I took away a somber mood from this film, because even though the women did so much, their story wasn't told and they were eventually forgotten. I still want to know how many women from this are still alive today, and if remember the experiences they went through. I can make a connection between this film and many other stories I've heard of women disguising themselves as men just to be able to fight in the war. In my personal life, it also reminds me of the people in my family who fought in the war, and it makes me wonder about their experiences as well.

  32. The plane flights that the women took must've been really dangerous since they had to fly without parachutes, guns, a radio, and a radar. It also said that the cockpit would freeze the women's face due to wind and rain. The women seemed smart since it said that they would glide above their enemies. While watching this video it kinda gave me the creeps with the music playing in the background and the narrator's voice. 23000 ton of bombs is a lot of bombs that will be bombarding your enemy and they probably wouldn't be able such force. Some people even thought that they were given special injections so they could see in the dark and I don't blame them for thinking that way.

  33. In the film "The Night Witch" what stood out to me the most was when the Soviet Union was invaded and Nadia's home was invaded, turned into a police station, and her brother was killed. Something that I didn't know was that these women had to wear mens uniforms instead of their own. And I was surprised that they let the women fly the most flimsy and unstable planes that they had. The message that I got from this film was determination, because even though these Nadia was treated unequal to the men she still was triumphant, and earned many medals for her work. It does amaze me however that she was able to fly a plane at only the age of fifteen. But I am not that surprised she was able to so young because back then if you were able to help or work you didn't have a choice whether you wanted to or not.

  34. In the film "The Night Witch" what stood out to me the most was when the Soviet Union was invaded and Nadia's home was invaded, turned into a police station, and her brother was killed. Something that I didn't know was that these women had to wear mens uniforms instead of their own. And I was surprised that they let the women fly the most flimsy and unstable planes that they had. The message that I got from this film was determination, because even though these Nadia was treated unequal to the men she still was triumphant, and earned many medals for her work. It does amaze me however that she was able to fly a plane at only the age of fifteen. But I am not that surprised she was able to so young because back then if you were able to help or work you didn't have a choice whether you wanted to or not.

  35. Something that really stood out after watching, “The Night Witch” was the condition of the planes that the women had to fly and that they still decided to fly them in those conditions. Something else that stood out to me was that they had to fly without parachutes and an open cockpit which resulted in their faces freezing during flights. A message I took from this was to persevere because even though they had their own personal hardships, had to fly in flimsy planes with no protection and face discrimination due to their gender they still kept going and did what they thought was right. It surprised me that their enemies thought they were supernatural but their male counterparts saw them as beneath them. If the people you’re going against see them as supernatural then why do you, a person who is working with them feel the need to belittle them other then being jealous.

  36. This story is interesting because it provides a great example from history of how women overcome the boundaries of inequality. Despite the various dangerers of the flying conditions Nadia still became an important person in military history. Through this Nadia's story and many others could inspire young girls to do the same. Even though men did not take female pilots seriously, I think her determination and passion is what made her become so great in what she did.

  37. Something that stood out to me was the fact that in the film "The Night Witch" is how many young females put their lives in danger knowingly that they could die at any time because they were flying very bad condition planes that the Soviet Union gave to them. This stood out to me because not many people would do this due to fact that many people are selfish. Another thing that has stood out to me is how bad the condition was . It does not take an ordinary person to do some thing courageous like that. It takes some one with a bunch of courage a real hero to go against the odds and fight a real fight. I believe if it wasn't for them right now would have been a whole different world. This might seem small but that was something very impactful.

  38. What stood out to me mostly in this film was how all of the slides were painted, this in particular stood out to me because it looks like it would’ve taken a long time for an illustrator to paint all of that and put it all together. Another thing that stood out to me is that Nadia risked her life by going out in that very fragile plane in those very bad conditions just to save the soviet union from Nazi Germany. I found it surprising that the only planes that the soviet union had to spare was the po-2. The film made it easy for me to feel the hardships that Nadia had to go through before and after she was in the 588th. This film reminds me of stories that I have seen that women dressed like men so they can fight in wars like the civil war to support their country.

  39. You will be glad to know that there is a movie in the works. The funding is in place, the screenplay is written (which has won 25 screenwriting competitions, more than any other spec script out there), and is faithful to history, particularly Nadya’s. Now looking for cast and crew. www.thenightwitchesmovie.com https://www.history.com/news/meet-the-night-witches-the-daring-female-pilots-who-bombed-nazis-by-night The NYT has always been supportive of The Night Witches, so I am more than happy to help you spread the word of these women and give exclusives. Sometimes groundbreaking has to be done from the air.

  40. Throughout watching the film "The Night Witch" something that stood out to me is how the women didn't have any of the supplies that the others had.I also noticed how although the male pilots on their side thought as them as lesser pilots than them but the enemies saw them as a threat.This part of history displayed in the film "The Night Witch" helped lead many other woman into piloting as well.Another thing that stood out to me in the film was that the women were were so motivated and well driven to their goal.One of the messages conveyed throughout this film is the fact that although others hated the fact that the women were flying they still led their country to victory and they will forever be known for that.A question I have is "Who else were on Nadias plane?". This story has impacted me do more research on Nadia and the Soviet Union.

  41. While watching "Then Night Witch" I found it interesting how much Nadia risked every time she went out on the plane. Not only did they risk their lives but they also didn't have the equipment that the other male pilots had. Nadia's bravery shocked me when her plain got shot down she still continued flying the plan despite the lack of safety equipment. I was upset that the world forgot such great heroes. With all the disrespect the male pilots gave the female pilots I was surprised to see how well the girls handled it. Whatever happened to Nadia after the war. It seems like the world forgot about her and her achievements. I also want to know about the other women pilots that worked with Nadia. Not only that but after flying the plane what did she do with her life?

  42. In the film "The Night Witch" I found it interesting that Nadia went through very dangerous situations while being a pilot. The all-female regiment were given "flimsy, two-seater, PO2's" that didn't have any protection from the weather conditions when flying. It is also strange that the women would still fly the planes without the necessary equipment such as a parachute. Yet, it could be inferred that the regiment were very skilled and very much feared by their enemies. However, this skill could not make up for the fact that they were still women. This fact is bothering because women like Nadia had so much talent and just as much courage as their male counterparts, but were not treated as such. This kind of gender inequality still exists today. When women prove themselves to be fit for the job, they are continuously met with discrimination, such as unequal pay. Nadia received many medals of Honor in her life time, even though she was eventually erased from history stories like this should be told because women are a huge part of history.

  43. While watching this film, one thing that stood out to me is that women's don't the as many supplies that the other had. Even the male pilots on their side had guns and eve radar attached to their planes. Other men in their team didn't think of the womens very highly; in fact, they thought of less when they were flying. Nadia, and everyone else apart of the Night Witches, were so focused on trying to help the war, they didn't even care about what everyone thought of them. One thing i notice after watching this is the women's led them to victory and the men were so hung up on that. I think they didn't want the women there because they knew they were gonna be the ones to win it all for them and the men couldn't stand the idea of the Night Witches getting the attention and praise.

  44. In the film club, " The Night Witch," it was kind of hard to understand. In it there is a woman named Nadia and she goes through a lot of dangerous things. She risked so much while on the plane. She was able to fly her plane through extraordinary measures including staying so quiet, having no parachutes, guns, etc. Many of the used second-hand planes while flying overhead enemies and deploying bombs causing catastrophic disaster upon the opposing team. I was surprised that they used to bomb people. I think that it is so brave that this woman risked her life to help others with theirs. Everyone has a part to play and some people are on the front line fighting for their lives and others are in the air fighting. No part is more important than another.