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Documentary on Way of St. James comes to Coolidge Corner next week


A scene from the documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" that will be coming to the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline June 26 until at least July 3. Pilot photo/courtesy Walking the Camino

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BROOKLINE -- For centuries, pilgrims from all walks of life have traveled Camino de Santiago, The Way of St. James, across the length of Spain; but an American documentary filmmaker said she had to share what she called "the Catholic gift to the world."

The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline will open "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" June 26 with a question and answer session with director and producer Lydia B. Smith. Screenings are scheduled from June 26 until July 3, and the theater confirmed that the film will continue to run as long as ticket sales sustain showings.

"What I really love about the Camino is that, really, it's open and inviting to everyone," Smith said.

El Camino de Santiago stretches along a route in northwest Spain to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain -- according to tradition the final resting place of St. James.

Having walked the pilgrimage herself in 2008, Smith noted that priests at the various churches along the walk welcome diverse crowds.

"They are so welcoming, no matter what someone's background is. All that matters is that they are a pilgrim and that they are on pilgrimage. I found most of the priests along the way were so loving, and so kind," Smith said.

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