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Strangers on the Earth
A film by Tristan Cook

97 minutes, color, 2017

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Synopsis

Europe's most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who walks the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way.

Accompanied by the vast landscapes of Northern Spain, the haunting music of J.S. Bach (performed by Johansen), and the very personal struggles and joys of the many pilgrims encountered along the way, Strangers on the Earth examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the concept of 'journey' and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience.


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Reviews

"Beautifully filmed. Profound and honest." - Vancouver Observer

"A voyage of self-discovery...light on judgment and heavy on questions and wonder." - Santa Fe New Mexican

"Transcendent, enlightening, and even occasionally funny." - NOW Magazine Toronto

"Europe's most famous path. Take it, and this marvelous film, at your own pace." - The Globe and Mail

"Opens a window onto a famous Catholic pilgrimage...giving some sense of the profundity of the experience." - The New York Times

"A soulful riff on the all-too-fleeting rhapsodies of travel. Beauty-dazed and rapt with a kind of giddy sadness." - Film Journal

"This scenic and sacred path is warmly profiled in the often captivating, beautifully shot documentary. Following the pilgrims' arrival at the route's traditional end, the gorgeous, mainly Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the film then tracks a group of travelers on an extension trip to the mysterious Cape Finisterre. Prior to the discovery of the Americas, this rocky peninsula, which juts out into the Atlantic, was once thought to be the edge of the known world. Today it serves as a kind of bonus to the Camino walk; a dazzling, remote spot where clothing is ritually burned in oceanfront bonfires and a famed, 1800s-era lighthouse illuminates the dangerous coast. This stirringly captured sequence provides a memorable coda to a largely inspiring and transporting portrait." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times


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The New York Times takes a journey on the Camino for Strangers on the Earth.




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