From the dawn of history, on the highest peaks of the Carpathian mountains, set against the elements, there lives a forgotten people — The Gorals. Possessing a love of freedom, a connection with nature, and kept ancient traditions, they are one of the most unique ethnic groups in all of Europe. Experience the passion and craftsmanship of the shepherd, lumberjack, bagpipe master, and wheelwright as they practice their occupations, not just for the survival of their families, but also for the love of these arts that weave together the fabric of their remote communities. When confronted with harsh storms, wild animals and difficult terrain in the most inaccessible Carpathian mountain range, along with long days of hard, sometimes dangerous work, the spirit and character of the Gorals stands unshaken.
But, another threat looms even more ominously….
Outside of the mountains everything in the modern world is changing rapidly. Is the culture of the Carpathian highlanders sustainable, or could these be the final times for these people and their lifestyle?
View the film, The Gorals, on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Pittsburgh, Pa. For tickets, visit https://ostatnigorale.pl/tickets/.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit The University of Pittsburgh Endowed Fund for Polish Studies.
Polish Falcons of America is pleased to sponsor this film screening.