Film series sets special combined event

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will combine film, art and a discussion of an historic pilgrimage across Spain Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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The film will be “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.” Directed by Lydia B. Smith of Portland, the 2013 documentary tells the story of six people attempting the famed 500-mile trek to Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain.

The pilgrims followed in the footsteps of similar sojourners over the past 1,200 years who have undertaken the physical, emotional and spiritual experience as a personal journey into themselves.

Smith will attend the screening to facilitate the discussion.

At least four residents of North Tillamook County – Mike and Sally Vanebo, Robin Lieberman, and Julianne Johnson — who completed the trip, will also be on hand to talk about their own experiences.

Lieberman created a series of art works following the trek and will have several of them on display at the Center. The works will remain up through Nov. 8.

“I’ve wanted to show this film since I first heard about it two years ago,” said Center film program leader David Dillon. “I knew we could combine it with local people who completed the walk and make this a very special evening.”

Admission to the event will be $5. The documentary lasts 84 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

A film trailer can be viewed at

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