Mari Soppela is an award-winning documentary film director and cross-media designer. After studying videography in Finland and computer graphics in the Netherlands, she gained an MA at Middlesex University in 1993 in London. With a wide experience in various forms of audio-visual communication, her primary tools are the video camera and the computer. At one point a Finnish video artist, at another an internationally acclaimed new media designer, Mari now enjoys making creative documentaries.
Her film career has taken her on an odyssey from suicidal depression in her native Finland (Family Files) through challenging the fear of intimacy (Home Recordings) before returning north to trace the censored history of her German grandfather (Who the Devil Can See in the Dark). She has now returned to Amsterdam where she is working on The Glass Ceiling and Up On The Sacred Mountain.
Likes: swimming, snow, mystery, and the internet
Dislikes: camping, smartphones, the rabbit hole of her computer