POWELL, Wyoming — Anthony Polvere, an associate professor of photography at Northwest College, will walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain this summer. He invites community members to preview the experience with him by watching a documentary film Friday night, April 10.
Polvere will screen the award-winning “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago,” at 7 p.m. in Room 70 of the Fagerberg Lecture Hall at Northwest College.
Since the Middle Ages, people taken pilgrimages to the shrine of St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, where the remains of the apostle are said to be buried. Polvere will walk the ancient path as a pilgrimage in homage to his late wife, Helena De Fina, and to deliver her ashes to the ocean.
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” was directed and produced by Lyda B. Smith. It captures the trials and tribulations associated with a group of modern pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. The travelers featured in the film run the gamut of ages (from 3 to 73), as well as nationalities, religious backgrounds and experiences along the Camino.
Their personalities, inner challenges and transformations are portrayed as they experience the pain and joys of the arduous trek across beautiful and rugged terrain. The trail itself becomes a star in the film, showcased with elegant cinematography that captures breathtaking vistas, from the raindrops on leaves to mist-covered mountains, from local people to historic surroundings.
The documentary is 90 minutes long. Admission is free.