Freedom Under Load
2016 | 54 minutes | | U/A|
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- Director: Pavol Barabáš
- Cast: Viktor Beránek, Ladislav Chudík, Peter Petras, Ladislav Kulanga
- Awards: Awards 1st Prize - International Festival of Outdoor Films 2017, Honourable Mention - Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival 2017, Honorary Mention - Tourfilm Karlove Vary 2017, Grand Prize - Ulju Mountain Film Festival 2017, Grand Prix - Mountain Festival 2017, Grand Prix - World Mountain Film Prize 2017, Best Full-length Film - Festival International de Cine de Montana Ushuaia 2017, Diable d'Or - FIFAD 2017, Grand Prix - T-film 2017, Grand Prix - Mountains and City Festival 2017, Honorary Mention - Festival Slovenia 2017, Best Mountain Culture Film - VIMFF 2017, Grand Prix - MendiFilmFest 2016, Cultural Values Award - Banskofilmfest 2016, Grand Prize & Best Photography - BBVA Mountain Film Festival 2016, Best Film - Banff 2016, Special Mention - Eho Mountain Film Festival 2016, Documentary Prize - International Mountain Film Festival 2016, Audience Award - Cinematik 2016, Grand Prix - Spotkania 2016, Best Documentary - International Mountaineering Film Festival 2016
Carrying over a hundred kilos while climbing up a mountain buried under snow is no mean task. But for these porters in Slovakia, it is a way of life, a craft that has to be preserved, and saved from abolishment. While they fear being replaced by airplanes and helicopters, they persist in the delivery of goods even through blizzards and storms. What makes them do this brutal job? Find out in this documentary that delves into the lives and livelihood of active mountain porters over the age of 60, in Eastern Europe.