It will nourish your mind, body and soul, and inspire you to embark on your own pilgrimage at some point in your life.
Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
Driving both the filmmaker and her subjects is wonder and wanderlust. Their enthusiasm for the Camino is contagious ...
Diana Clarke, Village Voice
Smith gets at the essential inward journey of most of her subjects, and she makes the concept of walking 800 kilometres seem remarkably appealing.
David Berry, National Post
Synopsis:There’s a saying, ‘The trip’s the trip.’ It could have been coined to describe Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago.
The trip chronicled in this lovely, gently resonant documentary by Lydia B. Smith is a 500-mile journey across the north of Spain. Since medieval times, pilgrims seeking spiritual solace have trekked westward through farmlands, mountains, villages and cities to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where it’s said the remains of the apostle St. James the Great are entombed.
Smith herself made the trek in 2008. She says it changed her life. So she decided to make a documentary focusing on six others who shouldered backpacks and set forth on foot to find... well, what they find is as individually specific as the walkers themselves.
A Canadian widower named Wayne makes the journey to honour the memory of his late wife. A French single mother, Tatiana, pushes her 3-year-old son in a stroller across rough and sometimes muddy paths as an act of religious devotion. A Brazilian woman, Sam, is fleeing personal travails: loss of job, a toxic relationship, clinical depression. She disposes of most of her belongings, including her antidepressant medications, hoping to find a measure of unmedicated inner peace.
These and other pilgrims introduced along the way tell their various tales. Some complain of blisters and tendinitis. For a stretch, one man says, he endured pain with every step.
But spirits are soothed by the companionship the walkers develop with others making the trek and with the Spaniards they meet along the way. They are captivated by the beauty of the scenery.
‘It’s like walking in a postcard,’ one woman says. (Among other things, the film is a beguiling travelogue.) And they journey within, examining their lives as they fall under the spell of life slowed down to a walk.
‘The Camino brings you peace that you can’t describe,’ one of the travellers says. After seeing Smith’s film, you’ll understand what he means.
– Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times
Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago
A 500 mile journey to yourself...
English, some Spanish with English Subtitles
Lydia B. Smith
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