"A film that will stand the test of time"

"Somebody will be able to watch the documentary SISU: Family, Love and Perseverance from Finland to America 100 years from now - and get a great snapshot of Finnish American culture in the 1960s, 70s, 80s all the way up to our current time. To me that shows a great film."

- William | Michigan Tech History Professor


Donate at - sisufilm.org/donate



What a beautiful documentary and story of family, grit, loss, and love.

It is so evident how you've poured your life and everything into making this film and I know this is going to bless your children and your children's children.

I'm inspired by your work and touched by your passion for family.

You've captured a gem of an emotional rollercoaster that will be timeless for generations to come!

Well done."

Jimmy L.

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful film"

Hi Marko,

I watched the screening of Sisu yesterday at Finn Fest. I just wanted to say that you did a great job telling your family's story.

I wasn't very close to my extended family growing up. I only saw my grandparents, cousins, etc, a couple times a year. Your film reminded me of the importance of a strong family structure and support system.

I am hoping I can provide a better support system for my son than what was offered to me.

Thank you again for sharing your beautiful film.


- Emily W.

"Thank you so much for making the film."

Terve!  I am the woman you met outside Kleinhans Music Hall after I purchased your poster and video at Finnfest Buffalo.  Regretfully, we didnt have much time to speak then.  First, let me commend you on your film, SISU.  I so enjoyed it and am very glad I made the purchase. 

As a 16 year old, I was very fortunate to live in Lahti, Finland for a year as a high school exchange student.  Truly the best year of my life!  It was there that I first learned of Sisu. 

I have tried to keep the sentiment close in all that life has challenged me with since then.  Most notably, the death of my husband.  He died Dec 20, 1998 just 6 weeks after our daughter's 7th birthday.  It was during the experience of grieving and coping and adjusting that I tried to instill in her the concept of Sisu. 

I will always be grateful for the Finns for bringing that lesson into my life.  In fact, my daughter and I now have matching tattoos of Sisu!!!

Thank you so much for making the film.  I hope many treat themselves to the viewing experience and take heart of all the lessons it has to offer! 


- Allison A.