The story begins, when a young feminist woman Anna Mäkelä is chosen to be the mayor of Kittilä – an old fashioned municipality in Finnish Lapland. A few years after her election, a bizarre scandal involving questionable ski lift deals erupts, leading to lawsuits, a media circus and intervention from the Finnish state. A documentary film about “local politics gone Twin Peaks”, Snowball Effect is set in the international winter wonderland holiday destination of Kittilä, the home of skiing, reindeer and northern lights. It follows the snowballing case that started with the dismissal of mayor Mäkelä and the growing pains of a new democratic order in Finland, one of the least corrupt countries in the world, – or is it really?