Film role for pope on climate change
A new documentary featuring Pope Francis discussing humanity’s ability to stop the ecological crisis facing our planet has been released.
Titled The Letter, the film tells the story of a group of people who travel to Rome to discuss the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ with Pope Francis. It also features an exclusive conversation with Pope Francis and offers insights into the pontiff’s personal story and previously unseen footage of his installation.
The film’s protagonists in the documentary include an Indigenous leader from the Amazon, a climate refugee and student from Senegal, a youth activist from India, and American husband-and-wife scientists.
The release of the movie coincides with a report from the world’s top climate science body, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which issued its most recent statement in February saying that “half measures are no longer an option.”
The planet is warming, scientists say, which will lead to more devastating floods, droughts and bushfires.
Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, the official papal preacher since 1980, also appears and provides a unique perspective to understand the ancient Franciscan roots of the Pope’s Laudato Si’ message.
This is the first time that a film featuring a pope has been made available free of charge through a streaming service.
Produced by Oscar-winning team Off the Fence (My Octopus Teacher) in partnership with Laudato Si’ Movement, the film was directed by Emmy-winning director Nicolas Brown. The Letter was made in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The film can be viewed here: theletterfilm.org/
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