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Evgeny Afineevsky was nominated for an Oscar (Best Documentary Feature) in 2015 for his film Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom. After witnessing the horrors of that revolution first hand, as well as war in Syria, Evgeny said he needed to film something 'hopeful' and 'positive'. Enter Pope Francis.

Initially refused access to Pope Francis by the Vatican, Evgeny went on to film His Holiness during the pandemic, during a time of political and economic turbulence. The camera captures human and important moments of Francis' papacy, including his addresses to an empty St Peter’s square during the darkest days of the pandemic, his work highlighting the human suffering caused by global warming, as well as his ongoing work to cleanse and heal the Church in light of the sexual abuse scandals.

Evgeny found the experience of meeting and filming the Pope both healing and restorative, particularly after his traumatic experiences filming in Syria and Ukraine. He says he found in the Pope a true exemplar of a compassionate humanist who, as a Jesuit, does not seek the limelight of the camera but instead seeks out the outcasts who are so often hidden from view.

This important film highlights the need for the whole of humanity to critically rethink our relationship with our environment and the planet, as well as to seek deeper cooperation between faiths to serve the common good.

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