From the dawn of history, on the highest peaks of the Carpathian Mountains — set against the elements — there has lived a forgotten people. For as long as they remember, the Carpathian highlanders passed on their way of life — love of freedom, a connection with nature, and ancient traditions and professions that have made them one of the most unique ethnic groups in all of Europe.
The breathtaking documentary film Ostatni Górale (The Last Highlanders of Carpathia) reveals stories of this unique ethnographic group and explores how long it can last. The local screening of this international film tour will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3pm at Boardman Movies 8. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the Box Office and include a post-screening reception at The Casual Pint.
This event is hosted by PolishYoungstown Inc. with the support of the Youngstown-Warren Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. After the film at approx. 4pm, there will be a Q&A reception with the film distributor hosted by the Free Polish Krakusy Society at The Casual Pint – in the same shopping center. Guests will enjoy free appetizers with movie ticket as well as Goral and Carpathian music.
The film depicts a unique ethnographic group that has been mostly isolated for centuries in the mountain ranges between the Polish and Slovak borders and some areas of what is today western Ukraine and north-eastern Romania. Many people of Polish and Slovak descent have ancestors that immigrated to Eastern Ohio, as well as Western Pennsylvania from Goral villages. Some descendants still know they are Goral or have discovered their Goral roots later through research, but most have forgotten it over the generations.