I’m Saila Huusko, a documentary filmmaker and journalist. My work has been published by the BBC, Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, and others.
My first feature film MORONI FOR PRESIDENT, co-directed with Jasper Rischen, went on to national PBS broadcast in the US and played at numerous film festivals around the world. My short documentary about a mobile library in the Nordic Arctic, titled READING NORTH, was part of Al Jazeera English renowned Witness documentary series.
For several years, I was the in-house multimedia producer at CMI, a conflict resolution organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari.
I often lean on my academic background in my work. I hold a Master of Science in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Masters of International Studies with a focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland (UQ). At UQ, I was a Rotary Peace Fellow and at Columbia, a Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Fellow. I earned my BA from Middlebury College and went to high school at the Mahindra United World College (UWC) of India.
Born and raised in a small town in the north of Finland, I’ve lived, studied, worked, and traveled around the world. I speak and work in English and (occasionally) Finnish, in addition to Spanish and intermediate Russian.
I’m currently finalizing post-production on a number of documentary projects.