Freedom under Load - About the film

With hundred kilos on their backs they are facing storms, blizzards and deep snow. Their craft is not only a profession, but also their way to the calmness. In the documentary Freedom under Load we get to know the oldest generation of the porters in the High Tatras, who climb with supplies to the mountain huts every day. We discover why they have chosen this way of life and why they remain the last of the Mohicans on the European continent. And maybe we find out something about our own load that we carry.

Script: Pavol Barabáš
Cast: Viktor Beránek, Ladislav Chudík, Peter Petras, Ladislav Kulanga
Music: Martin Barabáš, Michal Novinski, Ladislav Chudík - violoncello
Sound: Martin Merc
Edited by: Róbert Karovič
Dramaturgy: Tomáš Susko
Photography: Pavol Barabáš
Directed by: Pavol Barabáš
Length: 58 min.
Distribution format: DCP, BLU RAY, DVD
Year of production: 2016


"The most important thing about the mountains is the freedom. I came here because of the mountains. But not only because of their beauty, but also because of the freedom I feel here. I can live my life here to the fullest and do whatever I want. That freedom cannot be replaced by anything. Anything..." Viktor Beranek, porter and hut keeper of the Rysy Hut



The realization and distribution of this film was financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.

This film has been produced in a coproduction with Radio and Television of Slovakia.


Filming location