The ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago, is the backdrop of a new film coming to Anchorage this month that traces the sacred pilgrimage route (The Camino) westward across Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela where the bones of the apostle Saint James are said to be buried. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world have traveled this world-renowned trail for more than 1,000 years — many of them on a search for truth and meaning.
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims sought forgiveness of their sins and admission to heaven. The Camino remains, for many, a quest of faith. Others begin with no spiritual motivation but nevertheless are drawn to examine their personal beliefs and life purpose. Others travel for the intense physical challenge.
The film, Walking the Camino, is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack and a pair of boots, the documentary showcases The Camino’s magnetic power to change hearts and minds.
The movie presents universal themes through personal stories for those seeking to redefine the way they live their lives, to deepen their relationship with themselves and God and to rediscover their connection with the world in which they live.
According to the film’s website, the documentary aims to “speak to young viewers in the process of self-formation, offer a way for retirees and mid-lifers to reflect on their past and possibilities for their future, and encourage our disabled population to think beyond their limits. Rather than merely entertaining with mental diversion, the film will engage its audience in an active rumination on their own lives.”
Walking the Camino will be shown for one night only at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, on 27th Avenue, just off of Spenard Road, in Anchorage.
The main floor of the Bear Tooth serves beer, wine and margaritas, along with food during the movies. Minors 16 years and younger are admitted to the main floor only when escorted by their own parent or legal guardian. Otherwise minors may watch the movie from the balcony seats.
General admission movie tickets are $4. The booth section in the back of the theater is for reserved seats which are $5.50. Movie goers must buy the entire occupancy of the booth (four seats at $5.50 each). Reserved seats go on sale on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for the week starting the following Friday. All purchases must be made in person at the theater.
To view a trailer of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, go to www.caminodocumentary.org.