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Pilgrimage Studies Discussion to follow Screening of The Way with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

Febraury 16, 2010

WHO: Georgetown University’s department of Spanish and Portuguese and the College of William & Mary will host a special screening of the, The Way, a film about the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James, starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, who also wrote and directed the film.
  • Martin Sheen
  • Emilio Estevez
WHAT: Sheen and Estevez will participate in a discussion following the screening.

The Way is a fictional account of one man’s journey on the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James. The movie was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the pilgrimage’s actual historic route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Santiago de Compastela, Spain. The story follows the journey of a grieving father’s struggle to better understand his late son. Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son killed in a storm in the Pyrenees while walking the Camino. To learn more about the son’s life, Tom decides to embark on the pilgrimage in his son’s place. Estevez, the film’s director, also plays Tom’s son.

The screening will open a Workshop on Pilgrimage Studies for scholars of the Camino who are organizing a Consortium of American and Canadian universities to offer summer seminars in pilgrimage studies on site in Santiago starting in 2012. The Consortium will bring together more than 30 university programs from the U.S. and Canada with expertise in modern languages, history, English, religious studies, art history and classical studies.

More information about the film:

Friday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. (Q&A with Sheen and Estevez begins at 8 p.m.)


Lohrfink Auditorium (Hariri Building)
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057


Georgetown University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese; The College of William & Mary; the Embassy of Spain; the Autonomous Government of Galicia; The Plaza Institute; Tiempo Latino; the Bank of Georgetown and American Pilgrims on the Camino.

Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rob Mathis at 202-687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.

Rob Mathis


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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