AmDocs Highlight Series – Walking the Camino

Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
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Walking the Camino has been in the making since fall, 2008, when Director/Producer Lydia B. Smith returned from walking the 500-mile trail herself. With the incredible in-kind support from countless individuals, albergues, organizations, businesses and Spanish governments, they were able to begin production. After winning the Audience Favorite award in Palm Spring’s American Documentary Film Festival; as well as awards in Rainier Independent FIlm Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and Festival Cine Y TV Camino de Santiago Southern California will have another chance to see this breath taking film.


‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’ tells the story of walking the ancient 500-mile pilgrimage across norther Spain known as ‘The Camino de Santiago’. The documentary follows six strangers from incredibly diverse walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind. Each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago de Compostela, and their personal journey to themselves. As you watch, you will learn the rich history of this honored tradition, as well as witness the Camino’s remarkable ability to change lives and provide those who choose to walk its paths with a greater sense of self and spiritual knowledge.

Preceding it will be the award-winning documentary short, Sleeping with Siri, directed by Marty Riemer and starring Seattle-based journalist Michael A. Stusser.

Inspired by a high school’s Digital Blackout campaign, where students went without social networks, e-mail or texting for an entire week, Stusser explores both sides of the technological divide over a 2-week period. Jumping first into the digital madness, the reporter explores every single technological opportunity available, 24 hours a day (the Techno-Gorge), Four-squaring, Tweeting and Liking everything in sight. He then drops out entirely for a second week, with no computer, e-mail or social nets, availing himself with the now-lost icons of a bygone era, including phone booths, land-lines, libraries, paper maps and letter writing.