The Pests (Tuholaiset, 2007)

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Mina Laamo is a film-making professional, working in film since 2003.

She graduated from the Aalto University with a Master of Arts in Documentary Film in 2015. She also has a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Helsinki. Her previous works include The Pests (2007), Becoming Me (2015), Four Trick Pony (2020) and Sorrow Tamers (2022).

In addition to working as a screenwriter and director in her own films, she has worked as a Producer and Production manager and in charge of communications and marketing. The production company, Koko Production, was established by director-screenwriter-producer Mina Laamo in January 2017.

Besides the documentary film-making she works closely with Pia Andell, with whom she has authored the media art installation Four Trick Pony, exhibited at the Turku Art Museum in 2020-2021.


State Quality Support for Film Productions 2015 (Becoming Me / Matka minuksi)


Independent artist


The Pests (Tuholaiset, 2007)

The Pests is a documentary film about us, the pests and our need for order. A human being is a creature that organizes. Creating order is our way of insuring the continuity of life. A pest however – be it a silverfish, a cockroach or a pharaoh ant – does not follow this human order. They do not respect the human domicile; they invade our homes whether we like it or not. The Pests draws a portrait of the human being, our tolerance and the order of things.

YLE, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK

Production company: Elokuvayhtiö Aamu

Review in English (page 4)