Full info. on this film @: anupictures.com/project/camino/
In Selected Cinemas Nationwide in Ireland; from November 23rd
Winner - The Documentary Award - Irish Screen America Film Festival, NY - 2018
Winner - Audience Award - Luxembourg British & Irish Film Season - 2018
Winner - Audience Award - Dingle International Film Festival - 2018
Winner - Documentary Award - The Oireachtas Media Awards - 2018
A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino not on land, but by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and often time’s dangerous, modern day Celtic odyssey.
With DANNY SHEEHY, BRENDAN BEGLEY, LIAM HOLDEN, BREANDÁN MORIARTY & GLEN HANSARD
Early Irish history and mythology feature many accounts of great voyages.
Inspired by such accounts the Irish Writer & Poet Danny Sheehy and his crew embarked on a 500km journey in 2012 to the Abbey of Saint Colmcille in Iona, Scotland.
This was one of many sea journeys for the crew.
And in 2014 they planned an audacious new voyage – and this is where our documentary with them begins – on the 2,500 km voyage from Ireland to Santiago de Compostela (which took place for 6 weeks each year over 3 years; 2014, 2015 & 2016).
For hundreds of years people sailed from Ireland to A Coruña in Northern Spain and walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela from there. In 2014 this inspiring crew began their own version of this historical voyage in their own handmade traditional boat, called a ‘Naomhóg’.
Pulling into coastal towns and villages en route, camping and cooking as they went – this eclectic crew forged many new friendships; surprising those they met with a boat that seems to come straight out of the middle ages.
This tiny boat against the backdrop of the vast ocean struck a chord in peoples’ imaginations all the way along the voyage. Every community that they have connected with en route opened their doors – and their hearts – to this crew, and the men have in exchange, inspired them with their courage, endurance, storytelling, music, poetry and song in a coming together of people in the most fundamental and ancient of ways.
This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that in the words of Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process”.
Musician: Oscar-winning Singer-Songwriter Glen Hansard joined the crew as substitute for Brendan Moriarty who was unable to make it for the entire 2016 leg of the Camino. Glen volunteered for duty only weeks before the 2016 journey began and although he had never rowed a Naomhóg before he was quick to learn the ropes; the blisters on the palm of his hands a testament to his dedication to a whole new mode of being. glenhansard.com
Writer; Domhnall Mac Síthigh (Danny Sheehy), is a poet, a farmer, an author, a fisherman and a storyteller of some renown. His book the Iomramh Bhréanainn MMXI (The Brendan Voyage 2011) was published in 2013. dannysheehy.com
Musician; Breandáin Ó Beaglaoich (Brendan Begley) was born into a famous musical family and soaked up the music and song of West Kerry from an early age. Brendan is a major figure in Irish traditional music and clearly states that “his music could not exist were it not for the mountains, seas and storms of his native Dingle Peninsula”.
Artist; Liam Holden developed a love of the sea that was to have a profound influence on his journey as a painter. Liam also learnt the craft of Naomhóg building, and with Danny built the Naomhóig na Tinte (The Boat of Tents) for this voyage. liamholden.com
Stonemason; Breandáin Ó Mhuircheartaigh (Brendan Moriarty) is a folklorist from the Dingle Peninsula and a relative of renowned Irish poet and philosopher John Moriarty.
Moment's from the Camino can be seen on the crew's Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Naomhoig-Na-Tinte/772817366066389
Paintings courtesy of Liam Holden.
THE CAMINO VOYAGE (IOMRAMH AN CHAMINO)