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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Steam of Life and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Steam of Life: Discussion Guide

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Steam of Life is a comic and moving study of Finnish men as framed by Finland’s national obsession with the sauna. In the sauna, Finnish men come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories. This acclaimed film provides a surprising and intimate glimpse into the lives of Finnish men. Along the way, it challenges viewers to examine the often contradictory demands of male culture. As an outreach tool, it can prompt deep discussions about masculinity and how its social constructions affect the ways that men heal from trauma, express emotion, establish friendships, interact with children and understand their roles and responsibilities.

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Film Information

Steam of Life (60 min.)

Premiere Date: August 2, 2011

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 16, 2012

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmakers: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen Bio | Statement

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Filmmakers

Joonas Berghäll
Joonas Berghäll
Mika Hotakainen
Mika Hotakainen
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