The documentary was produced by the Vatican Museums and Imago Film and is based on the 2015 book written by the Holy Father and journalist Tiziana Lupi with the same title. While the book is currently only published in Italian, the new documentary will be made available in 6 languages through subtitles.
The film highlights eleven works of both classical and contemporary art from the Vatican's collection that embody Pope Francis' ideal message of art, which is "evangelizing and contrasting a throwaway culture."
The documentary features drone shots and unique cinematography of St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Gardens. The film is narrated by Pope Francis himself and also features excerpts from Sandro Barbagallo, curator at the Vatican Museums, and from the author of the book, Tiziana Lupi.
Among the Pope's chosen works of art are the Belvedere Torso, the Sistine Chapel, a 1984 Renault, a scrap metal statue of Our Lady of Luján by Argentine sculptor Alejandro Marmo, and The Deposition by Caravaggio.
According to the Holy Father, these featured works of art contrast the current culture of waste and point toward a way of evangelization.
"The artist is a witness of the invisible and works of art are the clearest proof that the incarnation is possible," Pope Francis narrates in the documentary.