Footprints On The Ridge
Slovakia, 52 minutes, 2013
Directed by Pavol Barabas
Screening: Polish Climbing Show, Fri Feb 14 @ 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm) - North American Premiere
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Two friends attempt to link the three main mountain ridges in the Tatra mountains bordering Slovakia and Poland.
Western, High, and Belianske Tatras are connected by a gorgeous, long ridge line formed by more than 130 peaks and towers. To traverse the entire ridge in alpine style, unsupported, in one single push, has always been a big challenge. And still is. This is a story about courage and fear, strong will and despair, endurance and pain.
Pavol Barabáš (1959) is the author of a large-scale of mountain-oriented and adventure films about peoples' survival in extreme conditions. His films were shot in inaccessible wilderness, on wild rivers and glacial peaks, as well as in deep caves far away from civilization. He likes to look for stories the heroes of which go beyond their limits. He is fascinated by encounters with different cultures and he is mostly attracted by the territories of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the lands of natural people hidden deep in the jungle. His films present the manner in which man should treat the Earth. They emit love and respect for nature, enormous mental power and moral conscience.
He has accomplished several ground-breaking expeditions, from the discovery of Stone Age people untouched by civilization in the rainforests of New Guinea, through the co-discovery of a mega-cave on the Chimantá plateau, to the first transit of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica.
His films have been awarded with more than 200 national as well as international prizes. He is a holder of the prestigious Crystal Wing award, which is annually granted to the most notable public figure in Slovakia. In 2006, he was given the Award of the Union of Slovak TV Programme Producers and of the Literary Fund for his long-term contribution to environmentally-oriented audiovisual productions.