FAROE WAY: The art of survival in the Faroe Islands (In progress, fall 2018)

A documentary story about the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands, their struggles with difficult living conditions, clashes with nature, ocean, climate, isoonly lation and hunger. It's also a history of a struggle for the survival of Faroese – a language which is used only by nearly 80,000 people today. The story of a state whose origins come from small communities of isolated villages, and whose urban solutions are now a model for the rest of the world.

FAROE WAY shows a unique country both through the eyes of native Faroe Islanders and my Polish compatriots, who have lived on the island for several years, who identify themselves with this place and are ambassadors of its raw beauty.

Together with the protagonists, we will visit Fugloy – the northernmost outer island, inhabited by only a few people, which can only be reached by a small postal ferry or helicopter. We will walk through the historical government district of Tinganes, located in Torshavn – the capital of the Faroe Islands – to learn the secrets of Faroese architecture. We will listen to traditional dance and old ballads, which are sung to this day. We will embark on a trip on a small, family-owned fishing boat. We will find out why Faroese sheep are unique and how important are patterns on local knitted sweaters. We will visit many amazing places, and we will even have the opportunity to experience traditional whaling – Grindadráp.

"If I were to describe the two strongest feelings that accompanied me during my stay in the Faroe Islands, they were peace and respect. The peace that resonates from the Farerians - people who are open, but with a harsh, subdued temperament, their colorful villages stuck to the steep slopes of the fjords, the clouds that surround snow-capped mountains, and from the bays, with water of a specific shade of blue, which is something I've never seen before. Tranquility, which exists in total symbiosis with the unpredictable force of nature, which very quickly gains your deep respect, especially after hearing the tragic stories of seafarers, whose lives are so often taken by the ocean, or watching a "moderate" (at least for the Farerians) storm that could effectively paralyze a whole Polish city. A place that is ambiguous, complicated, and at the same time beautiful, wild and full of life" – Jakub Witek, author of the film.

MORE INFO – www.faroeway.pl