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. On September 14, 2013, she will be hosting two benefit screenings of this exceptional documentary.
Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago has consistently sold out screenings and won awards around the world since it's completion in April 2013. The film accompanies six strangers from around the world as they attempt to walk across Spain with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind. Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold, what personal demons or angels they will face, or what transformations they will undergo by trail's end. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a sense of adventure, they throw themselves into both their physical trek and their personal pilgrimage.
In addition to the film premiere, Boise Author/Speaker, Kurt Koontz, will launch his book, "A Million Steps" at the premiere. Koontz walked the 500-mile trail in the Fall of 2012.
Book Description: Kurt Koontz thought he was well prepared for his 500-mile walking trip on the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. He was fit and strong. He had a good guidebook and all the right equipment. His pilgrim passport would grant him access to the shelter of hostels along the way. But all that, however helpful, did not begin to encompass the grandeur of his external or internal adventure. A Million Steps climbs over the high meadows of the Pyrenees, quests through the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances in the rains of Galicia. While following the yellow arrows that mark the route, Koontz also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world. Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is a journey within a journey all the way to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and beyond.