October 16th 2021

A hidden history belonging to generations of Finnish fishermen, telling stories of perseverance and a perspective of a more aligned way of living with nature, all hidden in a quiet slough among a busy suburb of Richmond BC.

River flowing between two rows of float houses, with fishing boats tied to docks.

Free screening of "Sisu"

On October 16, 2021, from 2 to 3:30pm, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is pleased to present a free screening of Sisu, a 16-minute documentary film about the community at Finn Slough, by emerging filmmaker Lauren Olson. This screening is presented as part of BC Culture Days.  Seating will be limited; please register in advance to attend.

Sisu is as short film directed by Lauren Olson, an emerging female filmmaker based in Vancouver BC. Her practice focuses on media-based works including documentary and narrative stories. The film Sisu was made possible with many creatives, including the Director of Photography, Tamas McGillivray, as well as the original sound  compositionist Kaia Barth-Lessard. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is also pleased to support this film.

About the film

Extraordinarily, tucked along River Road at the southernmost foot of Number Four Road,lies an old fishing village in Richmond B.C. called Finn Slough. A hidden history belonging to generations of a Finnish fishing community from over 100 years ago. Their slough tells stories of artistry and perseverance within its quirky architecture, lively nature, and innovative community that continues to live there today. The word Sisu  is a Finnish concept relating to perseverance, or determination even when it seems impossible.  The film Sisu takes a micro look at a historically kept community living frozen in time and surrounded by ever-growing cities around it, and what one must do to adapt through the challenges of environmental changes.

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