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The film "Camino" follows five pilgrims hike from southern France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, a famous Catholic pilgrimage site.
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'Camino' pilgrimage movie showing

The documentary, "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago," about the 500-mile pilgrimage between southern France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is scheduled for one Bay Area showing.

Filmmaker Lydia Smith's five year effort, made on a tiny $30,000 budget, is set for one showing at 8:30 p.m. June 20 at the Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. It played in Oakland last April. DVDs should be on sale soon, along with more information, at http://caminodocumentary.org.

Actors/directors Emilio Estevez, and his father, Martin Sheen, produced a feature film about the camino, "The Way," released in 2011. More information about that movie is at http://theway-themovie.com/camino.php.

The pilgrimage takes walkers about a month to complete, though it can be tailored to fit any age, lifestyle, budget and time frame. Santiago de Compostela has been a Catholic pilgrimage site since the 800s, a path believed to be followed by St. James, the apostle, and where it is believed his remains lie.

Rev. Raymond Zielezienski, pastor at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, made the trek in 2013. Father Zielezienski's photos and thoughts are kept on a blog available at http://frraycamino.blogspot.com.

Another priest, Rev. Kenneth J. Laverone, OFM, has just completed the camino. His blog is at https://friarontheway.wordpress.com. Father Laverone is vicar provincial of the Order of Friars Minor, whose province headquarters is in Oakland.

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