Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis is the new 4-episode Netflix docu-series inspired by Sharing the Wisdom of Time, the award-winning book written by Pope Francis by Antonio Spadaro, published by Loyola Press (in Italy published by Marsilio). The docu-series will be presented at the Rome Film Fest with the world premiere screening of the first episode “Love” and will be available on Netflix from Saturday 25 December in all countries where the service is active.
The docu-series – by Simona Ercolani, with the editorial consultancy of Antonio Spadaro and produced by Stand By Me, partner of Asacha Media Group – represents a choral story on the third age as a treasure to be rediscovered, narrated from an unprecedented and original point of view : the eyes of the younger generation. Women and men over 70 from all over the world tell talented young filmmakers under 30 in front of the lens, for a total of one year of shooting and 18 stories from 5 continents.
Each of the four episodes of the docu-series touches on one of the great themes that unite the human being – love, dreams, struggle, work – through the events and experiences of women and men who represent ethnic groups, social status and religions from all over the planet and which together tell humanity in its universal values.
To join the collection of different voices and make this meeting between generations unique, the extraordinary conversation between Antonio Spadaro and Pope Francis who, with his exclusive testimony, is the common thread of the four episodes of the series. The Holy Father shows himself not only in the role of spiritual guide that everyone knows, but also in that of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a man among men, who shares his life experience with anecdotes, stories, personal, unpublished and original memories.
The first episode of Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis, entitled “Love” – which will be screened as a world premiere at the Rome Film Fest – addresses the great and universal theme of love thanks to the testimonies of famous faces and lesser-known protagonists. but with equally extraordinary life stories.
In the episode, Pope Francis is questioned about the meaning of love and talks about the relationship with his grandmother Rosa and the passion for tango. For the first time, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese reveals aspects of his life through an intimate interview, shot by his daughter, director and actress Francesca Scorsese, and accompanied by absolutely unpublished family videos. After losing her daughter during the dictatorship of the generals in Argentina and losing the traces of her nephew – stolen from his mother in prison – Estela Barnes de Carlotto gives life to the movement of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, a group of indomitable elderly search for all the disappeared children. The celebrated English ethologist Jane Goodall retraces the studies that revolutionized the way humans relate to animals, revealing the secret behind her work: love.
The life of Vito Fiorino, an ice cream maker from Lampedusa, changed forever on October 3, 2013, when he rescued 47 drowning castaways on his small boat. The one in which he participates, despite himself, is one of the most frightening tragedies of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, which has caused the death of 368 people. Carlos and Cristina Solis have been married for more than 50 years, they live in Montevideo (Uruguay) and have kept their love alive to the rhythm of tango, a passion they share with Pope Francis.
Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis is a universal and unique story of its kind, able to touch everyone’s heart and emotions.
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