«The Way» (2010) and the Camino de Santiago: Christian, Spanish and Galician Identity

Christopher Herman George

Abstract


The Camino de Santiago has long been the most international manifestation of part of the Galician national identity, and the twenty-first century is no different. The route has been featured most recently in the Emilio Estevez film The Way (2010). In the film, the Basque country is differentiated from Castilian Spain through historical and linguistic references in conversation, while Galicia is only differentiated from the rest of the Camino visually, by way of the symbolic structure of the Cathedral. A homogenous perspective has been adopted, utilising stereotypical elements to represent Spain: the bulls in Pamplona, plentiful food and wine, myriad churches and chapels. This film is indicative of the American perspective of the Camino as witnessed in contemporary film and literature, where the Christian-Castilian identity of Spain, which was cemented in the nineteenth century, continues to dominate discourse.


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