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.
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.
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.