Award-winning documentary, Phil's Camino (watch trailer) tells the story of free spirit Phil, a man living with Stage 4 cancer and dreaming of walking the 500-mile spiritual pilgrimage Camino de Santiago across Spain. Unable to make the trip due to bi-weekly chemotherapy, he does the next best thing: he builds a "camino" in the forest behind his house, starts to walk, and traces his progress on a map. Phil's journey is one of hope, acceptance, and freedom, and is sure to inspire anyone who has ever dreamed of doing something that sounded impossible. Upon reaching "Santiago de Compostela" -- without ever leaving his backyard -- Phil gets a clean scan and his doctors grant him a 'chemo holiday', or permission to miss one chemo treatment. He now has 28 days to go and walk the ancient route in Spain. Along the way he realizes his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within.
After the documentary, Victoria Sweet, MD, Camino pilgrim and author of God's Hotel and Slow Medicine, will speak about her experiences on the Camino and the meaning of finding one's own "pilgrimage." In God’s Hotel, she chronicles her experiences working at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, while making annual pilgrimages to the Camino in Spain.
There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited.
Tuesday, December 10 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Herbst Hall Auditorium
1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California 94115