Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago 3.0 stars

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The Camino de Santiago is a Christian pilgrim trail that stretches across Spain for 500 miles and ends at the reputed tomb of the apostle James. Back when it was a pagan pilgrim trail, it continued on to a stretch of beach known as "the End of the World." Today, the pagans and pilgrims walk side by side; the "six ways" of the title refers to six walkers with varied intentions and expectations. The journey, while frequently meditative, is not quite a retreat: shared life with fellow travelers winds up feeling integral to the modern-day pilgrimage. And despite the pastoral vistas, it's not transcendent in the way that aesthetic experience can be. Rather, the Camino provides our subjects with a shift in perspective, a slowing down, a break from the necessity of doing anything but walking, and a chance, in the words of one pilgrim, to leave behind "the need to be something other than what I am." Director Lydia Smith makes the most of their experiences and epiphanies.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Rated: NR

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