A close relationship with Pope Francis
Afineevsky shares how he developed a close bond with Pope Francis and how he gained unprecedented access to him for the documentary Francesco. Afineevsky describes Francis becoming godfather to his son and their personal friendship.
Afineevsky on deciding to make Francesco
I was seeing a lot of disasters around us growing, and at the same time, I hoped to change things from climate change to refugee to migration because of Syria to Middle East, to the social issues with the women empowerment that Hollywood was trying to bring up and empower women, give them more visibility in different aspects of, for example, sexual abuse, which I saw a lot in the church. And at the same time, the civil unions and the gay marriages and everything. I wanted to find the way I can connect all these things together and find hope. And then somebody said to me, what about Pope Francis?