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Finnish filmmakers to make historical drama series about Copper County in the USA

A group of Finnish filmmakers are preparing a historical drama series about the history of Copper County, a region in Michigan known for its Finnish population.

The series will be set in 1913-14 and explore the Copper County strike, which affected the copper mines. The strike was the first unionised strike in the county, and set out to achieve shorter work days, higher wages, union recognition, and maintain family mining groups. The strike lasted for nine months and ended with the union being driven off the peninsula. The strike is considered to be a turning point in Copper County history. (read about it at Wikipedia)

The series is being researched by Mikko Myllylahti, Jenni Toivoniemi and Ulla Heikkilä, who are visiting the region to screen The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki as well as show the locals some fo their work.

The series has been in development for two years and is supported by the Finnish national broadcaster YLE. Nothing is known about a release date.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.