SISU is a non-profit documentary about family, love and perseverance from Finland to America. 

Filmmaker Marko Albrecht began SISU documentary in 2011 honor the legacy of his late mother Päivi, his Finnish-American family and the Finnish mindset SISU.  

Just after starting SISU documentary in 2011 Paivi's surviving brother Heikki informed the family he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he had 6 months to live.

SISU is a documentary that profiles family as they conquer tragedy with love.



SISU Filmmaker Statement:  Marko Albrecht

Filmmaker Marko Albrecht, his wife Danielle and their twins in Lyokki Finland. 

Sisu Documentary is an emotional 5 year voyage for me.

After my wife Danielle gave the miracle of life to our twins, I knew I needed to tell our children my life story, including who my late mother Paivi was, where my family came from and how important the Finnish mindset sisu has been for me.

I started organizing boxes of old VHS, 8mm, photos to create a memorial video of my mother but just after life and the documentary took an unexpected turn.

On January 1st 2012 my mother's surviving brother Heikki was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and told he 6 months to live. My Family and I were shocked and devastated but I knew I needed to make the documentary - now more than ever.  

I traveled from NJ to Finland 9 times from 2012-2015 documenting our lives and spending time with our family while capturing intimate, tragic, joyful moments including the birth of my cousins son,  the marriage of my uncle Heikki and my children's first visits to Finland.  I also interviewed my family about their thoughts on SISU, life, death, FInland, and our connection to nature through our ancestral land and summer cottage.

Please support the SISU documentaryAll proceeds go to our NJ nonprofit organization SISU  that aims to inspire youth and families who have gone through tragedy. 

SISU Filmmaker Marko Albrecht