POV’s 25th season continues with an encore presentation of Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen. The film airs Thursday, August 16, 2012, on PBS. Check local listings.

Watch Steam of Life
August 16, 2012 on POV.

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.

POV’s 25th season on PBS continues Thursday nights through October.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.