“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago,” the award-winning documentary film by American director and producer Lydia B. Smith, may have you thinking about going on this pilgrimage yourself. The movie will be shown Friday through May 8 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta.
Smith will be in Atlanta during the at least part of the film’s run at the theatre and will answer questions from the audience following the 5 and 7:15 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday. Tom Beck, the American Pilgrims on the Camino’s Atlanta chapter coordinator, answer questions after the 7:15 p.m. shows Sunday and Monday.
This nonprofit documentary, which raised just more than $500,000 from private donors over the course of five years, has managed to make its way onto the list of top 10 documentaries of 2014 with just a small committed staff and dozens of volunteers. The independently produced film takes an in-depth, close-up look at six people who completed the journey, each with their own reasons, motivations and expectations, equipped with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind.
Walking the Camino is a total immersion experience that captures the trials and tribulations associated with a group of modern pilgrims who decide to walk the ancient path, the Camino de Santiago. The cast of people featured in the film run the gamut of ages, 3 to 73, as well as nationalities, religious backgrounds and experiences on the Camino.
In spring 2008, Smith walked the Camino herself. The effects it had on her were truly life-changing.
The star of the film, the Camino itself, is showcased with cinematography that captures and depicts the gorgeous scenery and breathtaking vistas, from the raindrops on leaves to the fields of grass, mist-covered mountains, colorful sunsets and truly inviting local people and historic surroundings. The film captures the personalities and inner challenges of the pilgrims and their transformations along the journey. You get to experience the drive, questions, the pain, the joys and the revelations that these modern day pilgrims find along the way.
“I feel like I was called to make this film,” Smith said in a statement. “It was not only intimidating from a production standpoint, but the Camino was so sacred and so magical that I was scared I couldn’t do it justice.”
The movie has won seven awards and was a sellout at five different film festivals.
For information and show times, visit http://bit.ly/1iBWBSF or www.caminodocumentary.org.