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Strangers On The Earth

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Spain, United States · 2017
1h 36m
Director Tristan Cook
Genre Documentary

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient network of pilgrims' pathways in Spain. For generations, it has attracted wanderers from all over the world. One of these wayfarers is Dane Johanson, an American cellist searching for meaning in the ancient paths. Strangers on the Earth follows Johanson as he travels the Camino, playing music and meeting fellow pilgrims along the way.

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The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

The sensations that Strangers on the Earth means to evoke are not well suited to the cinematic medium, at least not to a documentary that barely runs more than an hour and a half.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Brad Wheeler

Journeys more often than not are not what we expected. And neither is Cook's unpredictable and reflective work, set to a brooding solo-cello score and filled with whatever metaphors you need. We are alone on this trip – take it, and this marvellous film, at your own pace.


Village Voice by Daphne Howland

Pilgrimages have potential: Geoffrey Chaucer gave us 24 good yarns in his Canterbury Tales. But there isn’t even one in the otherwise gorgeous documentary Strangers on the Earth.

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