Anna Cyzon to be the Special Guest Q&A Host for the Mississauga screening of ‘The Gorals’

ekran_post_20181115_2_pic_1

Anna Cyzon to be the Special Guest Q&A Host for the Mississauga screening of ‘The Gorals’

Ekran’s Toronto Host Anna Cyzon will be moderating the Q&A for the Mississauga screening of The Gorals on Sunday November 18 at 3pm at Cine Starz. Cyzon was born in Kraków and came to Canada when she was 6 years old, however, she is definitely a “Góralka” at heart.

Cyzon’s father, Jurek Czyczszon, was born and raised in Rabka (Chabówka).  He lived there until he went away to university in Kraków where he met his wife Hasia (Anna’s mom) and introduced her to Goral culture, which included Goral folklore, singing and dancing. Cyzon spent much of her childhood in Rabka with her fathers family (it’s only 70km away from Kraków).  To this day, every time Cyzon goes back to Poland she continues to stay in touch with her Goral heritage and visit her father’s family in Rabka.

ekran_post_20181115_2_pic_5

Young anna Cyzon at traditional goral wedding in Toronto

ekran_post_20181115_2_pic_4

Young Cyzon singing tradition Goral songs in preschool in Kraków

ekran_post_20181115_2_pic_3

Young Cyzon singing tradition Goral songs in preschool in Kraków

Cyzon tells Ekran:
 
“My favourite memories as a child is definitely going to my parents folklore dance group rehearsals. My dad was an instructor and the Artistic Director o “Skalni” (the most popular Gorale ensemble) in Poland and he persuaded my mom into it. This meant my childhood was filled with a lot of traditional Gorale melodies, harmonies, songs and dance”. 

Anna Cyzon dressed in a suit by Kamila Zielinska and hat by Goralove (photo cred. Ola Walków)

Anna Cyzon dressed in a suit by Kamila Zielinska and hat by Goralove (photo cred. Ola Walków)

ekran_post_20181115_2_pic_6

Anna’s mother Hasia Czyczszon in traditional Goral attire.

ekran_post_20181115_2_pic_2

Anna’s father Jurek Czyczszon (on the right)

“When we immigrated to Canada, my father continued the tradition of Gorale folklore. He led the group “Harnasie” and was the President of the Canadian ensemble for quite some time. It was always nice to attend rehearsals here and help my dad to continue to keep that tradition alive. Dancing and singing was always and will always be an integral part of who I am and my upbringing both here in Canada and in Poland”. 
 
According to Cyzon, “Gorale people are very passionate. They are so distinct in their roots from their traditional folk clothing to their dialect to their music and values and the preservation of all those attributes that makes them special and unique”. 
 
Cyzon is most looking forward to hosting the event in a custom Goralove dress, made from a traditional (hustka) handkerchief from Zakopane. She’s also looking forward to asking special Q & A guest and Producer of the film Maciej Pawelczyk questions about her family, the Pintcher’s and the Majerczyk’s, both who are in the movie.
 
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about this authentic highlander culture. Director Filip Luft’s film beautifully captures Polish highlanders as they perform the same professions their ancestors did over the past several centuries. From shepherds to craftsmen, characters are shaped when confronted with nature, inaccessible mountains, weather changes and animals. The Tatra mountains become more than just a silent observer of our heroes. Around the mountains, everything changes and they stand and maintain, unshaken. To watch the film and be a part of the fun and passionate event co-presented by The Polish Highlanders Association of Canada purchase your tickets HERE.
For the latest in Ekran news and updates on our Mississauga screenings be sure to visit us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook as we share the world of Polish cinema with you.