SISU in the U.P. - VLOG

Our nonprofit documentary SISU kicked off the Finnish American festival Heikkinpaiva in upper peninsula Michigan at Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center at the NORDIC FILM Series.

We shared our powerful sisu documentary in 2 screenings, then met local American-Finns to learn about their sisu, take a real wood fired sauna and even got to jump in the snow eat local Finnish foods.

I was met with true Finnish hospitality. It was an honor to visit Hancock and Houghton again after 20 years, I went to hockey camp at Michigan Tech in 1993.

- Marko Albrecht


"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.

Marko Albrecht and SISU featured in Triton College Magazine

Marko Albrecht and SISU featured in Triton College Magazine

Award-winning entrepreneur, filmmaker and producer, Marko Albrecht, credits Triton as the stepping stone to his future success.

SISU: an Interview with Marko Albrecht by Finland Center Foundation

SISU: an Interview with Marko Albrecht by Finland Center Foundation

My mother Paivi was a very strong willed Finn with a lot of the famous Finnish trait, sisu. This strength, as well as the Finnish pride she instilled in me has made me who I am today. My mother embodied the core essence of sisu and like my mother I also live with this strength as my mindset. My entire existence has been shaped by sisu.