Mari Soppela is a Finnish director and producer, based in the Netherlands and born in Kemijärvi, Lapland in 1966. She makes personal documentaries in which she also appears. Her first documentary Family Files (2002) was awarded as Best Finnish film at Tampere Film Festival. Home Recordings (2008) dealt with the director’s marriage and Who the Devil Can See in the Dark (2015) told the story of her German grandfather.
DocPoint 2022 screens two new films from Soppela. Mother Land, in which her Netherlands-based family spends a year in Lapland, reflects on identity and longing for one’s roots. It’s Raining Women, presented in the National Competition, discusses the structural inequalities women face in working life.
Watch Mari Soppela’s Q&A below. The video is in Finnish.