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Sheen and Estevez to Screen New Movie at Georgetown

This community event comes to us from Suzanne Seurattan:


The College of William & Mary and Georgetown University’s department of Spanish and Portuguese will partner to host a special screening of the new Martin Sheen/Emilio Estevez movie, The Way. The Feb. 18 event is slated to be the largest screening of the film on the east coast of the United States prior to its national release in April.


Both Sheen and Estevez will take part in the event to be held at 5:30 p.m. in Lohrfink Auditorium at the McDonough School of Business in the Rafik B. Hariri Building on the Georgetown campus. A question and answer session with the co-stars will follow the screening. There will also be opportunities for press interviews earlier in the day. The event is by invitation only and for the press.


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 screening will open a two-day 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 picture’s exploration of the Camino and its affect on its pilgrims make screening this film a natural opening for our Workshop,” said William & Mary Professor George Greenia, lead scholar for the Workshop and international Consortium.  “We are looking forward to an evening with two great actors of Spanish heritage who knew the Camino intimately before they began writing and filming this movie.”


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.


Greenia, who has taken William & Mary students to walk the 500-mile Camino francés route across Spain every year since 2005, has himself logged more than 4,000 miles on the Camino. Pilgrimage studies have been taught in some form at William & Mary by faculty in modern languages, history, English, religious studies, art history and classical studies since 1992.  The Consortium will bring together more than 30 university programs from the U.S. and Canada.


“As a professor of Spanish, medieval studies, and comparative literature I am very happy to be part of the workshop and excited by the many possibilities Pilgrimage Studies and the Camino de Santiago open up for future undergraduate research,” says Emily Francomano, director of the comparative literature program at Georgetown University and an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese.


In addition to William & Mary and Georgetown, co-sponsors of the workshop are, to date, the Embassy of Spain; the Autonomous Government of Galicia; The Plaza Institute; Tiempo Latino; the Bank of Georgetown; and American Pilgrims on the Camino.