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To be a pilgrim: a new film traces the journeys of two pilgrims to Lourdes with the Order’s British Association

Lourdes, 2015

The film follows the daily lives of two pilgrims who come to Lourdes every year with the British Association of the Order. They are characters of strong contrast – in age, gender, background, religion. It was filmed in Lourdes and in their home environments. The film is their story, but that of every pilgrim, as in the unfolding can be found the reasons for going on pilgrimage – as fundamental for the protagonists as for all who take part.

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