Vatican City, Oct 22, 2020 / 10:22 am
The director of a new documentary about Pope Francis received an Italian film award in a ceremony in the Vatican Gardens on Thursday, amid international controversy over his documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis.
Filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, the director of "Francesco," was presented with the Kinéo Movie for Humanity Award Oct. 22.
Now in its 18th year, the award is given to those who promote social, humanitarian, and environmental issues in cinema.
Accepting the award, Afineevsky said "I'm so proud that finally 'Francesco' is on its way to the world to change hearts and minds."