A Journey of Many Paths was born as one woman, driven by her longing to experience the world as herself unabashed, and fueled by her disillusionment with the status quo she thought was keeping her from it, finally decided she’d had enough and demanded to know, “What’s the point?”
As the economic and social crisis of the United States ensued and manifested in her own life, the seed of a walk along the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail was planted by a friend. Intrigued by the idea of walking a path that originally existed to bestow grace and access to heaven, this soon grew into the vision for a documentary exploring what life is like when people let go and simply put one foot in front of the other. As she made preparations to bring the project into reality, and even before she could step foot on the ancient trail, she was led into a process of self-examination and transformation at the peripheries of this path and of reality as she’d known it to be.
She plans to continue her journey along the Via Francigena in the summer of 2010. This short film and interactive presentation is the story of her process: a pilgrimage along the many paths of her existence to this point and a rediscovery of life as its own art form. It is one woman’s poignant artistic expression, a meditation of gratitude for the gift of hauntingly beautiful and sometimes painful experiences a walk through life can render.
Filmmaker, Cara Hines, will be present to share her exploration of “What is the point?”…of walking a pilgrimage, of making a film, and of creating a life of authenticity in a world that often seems to denounce it. While the business of living life can often feel heavy and burdensome, it can also be enchanting and playful. Cara’s candid presentation embodies both and everything in between.
A Journey of Many Paths as presented at JOSP Fest 2010 is one stage in the progress of a larger film and exploration of life lived with purpose one step at a time. Cara will walk the Via Francigena this summer and invites others committed to discovering and living the point to join her for all or part of this pilgrimage. She plans on conveying the experience with any artistic means available to her and encourages those joining her to do so as well. What results will be part of a film and exhibition whose format is as yet undefined. It will be an outcropping of and informed by the journey.