What a profound evening! Last night’s premiere of The Way, a screening that benefitted the Walkabout Foundation, is in essence, a story of connecting the dots between family, friends, and finding the light in even the darkest challenges we face. It captured the deeply relevant theme of birth and death, which resonated with me an a very personal level.
Beautifully written and directed by Emilio Estevez, the film is based on the true story of Tom, an “American doctor (played by Martin Sheen) who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey.”
The film itself was incredible, but the experience of the evening was deepened by the fact that dots weren’t just connecting on screen. Former President Bill Clinton attended the event as well, and I was inspired to learn that he had and Tom had gone to school together. It was fascinating to witness both the journey of the story on screen and to learn about the real-life journeys and connections of the people in the room.
It was a very, very moving evening for me because it was about looking for – and finding – that spiritual “ah-ha” moment. For me, it was a powerful reminder of how remarkable the human experience truly is.