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Video 1986 documentary on the history of the camino by Cees Nooteboom

Marc S.

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Came across this lengthy (75 min) documentary about the history of the camino, made in 1986, which may be interesting for some.

The documentary is featuring Cees Nooteboom. He wrote the book 'Roads to Santiago' - which some of you may have read.
It is a not your 'typical ' camino video - as you hardly see a pilgrim walking - and it mainly features Cees Nooteboom talking about the history of the camino, while wandering around various places (like Monastaria de la Pena and Jaca on the Aragones).

Unfortunately it is in Dutch, with no subtitles. Non-Dutch speakers may still enjoy some of the 1986 footage of Spain though (or may enjoy the mere sight of Cees Nooteboom talking, although I doubt the latter....



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Oh thank you @Marc S. I saved the link. I have the book here and the video will be a welcome addition.
Recently read an interview with this wise man. Still has valuable things to say!
I saved it too. Not surprising that there weren’t many pilgrims being 1986. Also without having seen it I would imagine as Marc said it is about the history not the pilgrims themselves.
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In late February 2002, I had just received the resources ending my seven year wait for a pilgrimage on the Camino. No computer, no IPhone, in the middle of lovely but Camino-ignorant Colorado. An Admin at the library, I was able to go behind normally unseen shelves and found ROADS TO SANTIAGO. It is indeed a classic, a wonderful great read .. as wildly turned pages murmurring, "Boots, Cees, what boots do I wear? Which socks? And a backpack? Got to have a backpack!" Later, now actually on the Camino, the day after Leon, I met a strikingly handsome compatriot of Cees Noteboom who sported a bare, toast-gold tanned chest and a blond beard braided to just above is navel. "You have read Cees Noteboom? You are the only American on four Camino who has!" he explaimed in perfect English. I clearly remember that sunny-about-to-turn-cool late April early evening as the vegan tucked into his carrots and I into my sardines, his pilgrim's eyes alight in the joy I had found in the words of his countryman on the very journey we ourselves were experiencing.



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