22nd Annual European Union Film Festival
Screening Dates

This screening has been cancelled due to The Cinematheque's temporary closure in response to concerns around COVID-19. Up-to-date information can be found here.


“With hundreds of kilos on their backs, they face storms, blizzards, and deep snow. Their craft is not only a profession, but a way of attaining tranquility — an almost spiritual endeavour. In Freedom Under Load, we get to know the oldest generation of porters (all over the age of 60), who carry supplies each day to high-altitude huts along the High Tatras Mountains of northern Slovakia. The film, directed by seasoned alpine-documentarian Pavol Barabáš, explores why these men have chosen this extreme way of life, and in turn, offers us a chance to discover something about the loads we all carry” (K2 Studio).