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Strangers on the Earth
Directed by Tristan Cook
Genre: Documentary
1hr 37mins

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 ventured to walk 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 for solo cello (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.

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage provides the ideal backdrop against which to examine the motivations, dreams and often quixotic needs that drive our species to pair a complex spiritual act with a very simple physical one. Why and how do the two things go hand in hand? Strangers on the Earth examines the shared experience of pilgrims that populate the trail, finding common patterns in both the steady stream of the hundreds of thousands of bodies that move westward on the path each year (the physical) and the inner life of these individuals who are often surrounded by other pilgrims but are still very much alone.

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