Online streaming service Netflix is set to produce an original documentary series based on Pope Francis’s book, Sharing the Wisdom of Time.
The book was originally published in 2018 and features a collection of inspiring and heartwarming stories about elders from around the world. Divided into five thematic chapters (work, struggle, love, death, and hope), Sharing the Wisdom of Time features reflections from Pope Francis as an introduction for every chapter. It was edited by Father Antonio Spadaro and first published by Loyola Press in the United States. (Read: 3 Must-See Documentaries About Pope Francis)
In his Preface, Pope Francis writes, “Only the testimony of the elders will help young people look above the horizon to see the stars. Just learning that it was worth fighting for something will help young people face the future with hope”.
‘Sharing the Wisdom of Time’ on Netflix
Just like the book, the documentary by Netflix will feature interviews with 31 elderly people from five continents. The series will also include an exclusive commentary from Pope Francis himself. (Read: Netflix film ‘The Two Popes’ sheds light on the unlikely friendship between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict)
Heeding the Pope’s call for younger generations to recognize the importance of elders as reservoirs of wisdom and culture, the documentary will be directed and produced by Simona Ercolano — an Italian filmmaker whose age is just below 30! (Read: Vatican Bridges Age Gap With Latest Campaign for the Elderly)
The Netflix documentary series is set to be released globally in 2021. The exact premiere date is yet to be announced.