POV’s 24th season continues with the U.S. broadcast premiere of Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen. The film airs on PBS on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Check local listings.

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Steam of Life has its U.S. premiere
on POV, August 2, 2011.

From a land of long, dark winters comes Steam of Life, a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. There, they come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories. Beautifully and hauntingly shot, the acclaimed film provides a surprising glimpse into the lives of Finnish men and a remarkable depiction of the troubled and often reticent hearts of contemporary Western men.

After watching the film, visit POV’s Steam of Life website for interactive features about the film.

Visit the POV Steam of Life companion site for more interactive features and a giveaway for Steam of Life prizes.

POV’s 24th season continues Tuesday nights through September 27, concluding with a special broadcast on November 10. Keep up with the films at http://pbs.org/pov, on Twitter @povdocs or onFacebook.

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Alva French is a freelance multimedia journalist and was a POV Digital intern in Summer 2011. She has been blogging on French and Francophone music, politics and culture since 2007 and is an aspiring documentary filmmaker. Alva is currently an M.A. candidate in International Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.