One of the best ways to understand what the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is all about is to watch one of the films and documentaries about it. The first film that introduced me to the Camino was The Way, with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. It’s no surprise that The Way inspired many people to walk the Camino.
I am a fan of the Camino documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago. I had the opportunity to see it and meet co-producer Annie O’Neil when the film was screened in Berkeley on March 2015. I highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to see the real Camino experience—from blisters and debilitating injury—to camaraderie and unexpected romance. Read DVD review.
Wayfaring – A Jaunt Along The Camino de Santiago
This film follows Scott “Squatch” Herriott, an Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trail veteran, on the Camino Francés in the spring of 2013. He interviews pilgrims, albergue owners, hospitaleros (volunteers of the Camino), and a few locals who like to flirt with young peregrinas. Read Film Review.
Another good documentary, El Camino a Santiago, follows Paulo Coelho’s return to Spain. The Camino is a special place for the author, for it was during his Camino that he realized his dream was to become a writer. There are a few surprises – his wife’s art and his decision about Cebrero, for example. There is also an epic version of Paulo singing Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way.” I stumbled upon this on DVD in my local library, but the full 42 minute video is on YouTube.
There are more Camino films coming out soon on DVD soon, such as Looking For Infinity: El Camino, Phil’s Camino and I’ll Push You. To get updates of new film releases and screenings, follow my blog. For those who are curious to dig a little deeper, my YouTube channel has playlists for must-see films, inspirational videos, Camino tips and gear reviews.
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