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"It was a little hard to watch because the emotions were so strong, but in the end I thought SISU: Family, Love and Perseverance from Finland to America was wonderful. You have to have sisu and go on. Sisu and faith go hand in hand."

- Kathy | Michigan

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