“Camino the Journey to Santiago”, a short Camino Documentary

Camino the Journey to Santiago
Camino the Journey to Santiago

“Camino the Journey to Santiago”, is a short Camino documentary directed by Matthew Nothelfer & Alicia Wszelaki. It was presented at the 1st Camino de Santiago film Festival last week in Santiago (June 2013).

I was so lucky to get to see this documentary before it was shown in Santiago, and loved it! 

I have written earlier about my thoughts about the “Walking the Camino” documentary directed by Lydia Smith,  and I think this short documentary and Lydia’s really complement each other well. Lydia has a longer, more in depth film, while Alicia and Matthew has created a shorter, but very moving film. It is about 25 minutes long with fantastic footage of the Camino. The fantastic footage and the fact that not a single word is spoken, creates a special feeling. I think the fact that not a word is spoken makes it better. The trailer above give s you an idea of what to expect.

The soundtrack to the film is written by Andy Reed, he explains in the video below how he wrote the music.

To keep up to date on this project, please visit their website and their Facebook page.

Walking the Camino, “Six ways to Santiago”

Walking the Camino,
Walking the Camino, “Six ways to Santiago”. DVD available at the Camino Store

Directed by Lydia Smith

Santiago de Compostela, June 4th 2013

Several years ago, I heard of this documentary that was in the making about the Camino de Santiago. It was an independent production, funded mostly by private donations. It has taken Lydia several years, but now the 1 hour and 24 minute documentary is done. Last night I attended the european premiere in Santiago de Compostela.

Many of you might have seen “The Way” a film with Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez. A fictional story that takes place on the Camino de Santiago. I thought it was quite good to be a Hollywood production, but with  a few strange bits. But overall, a good story. I have read in the forum that many show “The Way” to their friends and family to explain what the Camino is about… what it is they are considering walking. And until now, “The Way” was the best film out there to explain it.

After seeing “Walking the Camino” yesterday, I would recommend this over “The Way” if you are looking to see what the Camino is all about. For pilgrims thinking of walking, and for friends and family to see what this thing called the “Camino de Santiago” is all about. I myself, do not have a lot of camino experience, but I have listened and helped pilgrims online for almost 10 years, so I think I know what it is all about. This Camino documentary is as close to the real experience as you can get, without walking it.

The documentary follows 6 pilgrims on their walk along the Camino Francés. We follow then as they start out, get tired, blisters and overcome the obstacles they get confronted with, and finally arrives in Santiago. It is real… no dreamy everything-is-easy-and-great story. The Camino is hard, and you see it in this documentary.

If you are a Camino fan, or thinking of walking the Camino, I would highly recommend you to have a look at this film. Lydia is trying to sell the film to TV and movie theaters, so it is still unclear how you can see it where you live.

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