Evgeny Afineevsky brings us a closer look to Pope France’s input in current events in FRANCESCO. Pope Francis was open to cover any topic with zero restrictions in hopes to open other people’s heart to humanity.
FRANCESCO features unprecedented access to His Holiness Pope Francis, providing an intimate look at a global leader who approaches challenging and complex issues with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity towards all. Spanning issues such as climate change, migration and refugees, women’s empowerment, sexual abuse and LGBTQ issues, pandemic, border walls, and many more of today’s headlines, this documentary takes audiences on a worldwide journey to spotlight the incredible empathy displayed by a leader who continues to inspire hope during an extraordinary moment in our lifetime. In doing so, the film examines how people might take action to transition into a new way of living and thriving in the 21st century.
Evgeny Afineevsky is a producer, director and cinematographer. He is known for his documentaries that bring awareness for change and social justice. His work has been seen in Divorce: A Journey Through The Kids’ Eyes and Cries from Syria which received several awards. In 2016 he received an Oscar and Emmy Nomination for Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. FRANCESCO has already won recognition winning Best Documentary and the President’s Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. As well as the Movie for Humanity Award from Kineo Awards in Italy.
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It was exciting to connect with Evgeny Afineevsky via Zoom to discuss the making of FRANCESCO. Afineevsky shared why being a non-Catholic he decided to make this documentary and his experience working closely with the Jesuit while making the film. He hopes this film will open awareness to several issues not talked about like the Armanian Genocide and more.
FRANCESCO is now available on Discovery+