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Country: USA, SPAIN
Language: English, Spanish, German
Run Time: 96 minutes
In 2014, Dane Johansen (Cleveland Orchestra member since 2016) grabbed his cello and traversed the Camino de Santiago, a famous series of ancient pilgrimage paths in Europe, with the intention of playing Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello in churches along the way. While fulfilling this dream, he gleaned unexpected and humbling insights into his own career and approach to life. Such enlightenment is a common occurrence in STRANGERS ON THE EARTH, a resonant meditation on how the Camino transforms modern pilgrims seeking solace. Using a combination of interviews with these travelers—who come from all over the world to walk the hallowed paths—and intimate scenes from the road, the documentary explores thorny philosophical matters. Some visitors reaffirm the strength of their faith or achieve much-wanted emotional healing; others discover the physically demanding trek only amplifies their existing personal frustrations. Johansen’s mellifluous cello playing serves as a backdrop for the film, as well as a stark reminder of his journey’s historical and spiritual poignancy. (In English, Spanish, and German with subtitles) —A.Z.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 5:40 PM
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 11:10 AM
Recommended for Middle School Students +
Music Movies Competition
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A Man and His Cello: A Journey Filled with Bach and Beauty
Tristan Cook is a New York-based filmmaker. He began his career directing and editing video shorts. He has used his performing arts background in collaborations with the Emerson String Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
STRANGERS ON THE EARTH (2016)
Dane Johansen, Chad Peterson, Patrick Terry