Heritage center to stream documentary “Sirkka”


Photo courtesy of NMU event calendar. LIFE IN REVIEW-The documentary “Sirkka: Past and Present” follows the life of a prominent Finnish-American woman.

Akasha Khalsa

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center museum on campus, in collaboration with WNMU-TV, will be showcasing the documentary “Sirkka: Past and Present” on Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m.

The documentary will be shown as part of the ongoing Heritage Documentary Series through WNMU-TV, which streams locally relevant documentaries at 9 p.m. on the last Friday of every month.

“Each film is specially picked to reflect the many cultures of the U.P. including Native American, French Canadian and Finnish to name a few. Films will also share the unique history and lifestyles of our local communities,” according to WNMU’s website.

“Sirkka: Past and Present” explores the life of a prominent Finnish-American woman.

The film “documents the life of Sirkka Tuomi Holm, a first-generation American and child of Finnish migrants. During her century of life, Sirkka witnessed a momentous Finnish-American history. Sirkka was a lifelong progressive activist: she sparked attention from the FBI and also became an accomplished writer. The film, produced by Kristin Ojaniemi and the Finnish American Heritage Center, is a testament to her life and is a capsule of Finnish-American culture and history over the past 100 years” according to the NMU event calendar.

Viewers can stream the film live, or access it for 30 days after the broadcast through WNMU’s passport app or their website.