Robert Scheer SI Podcast

Wim Wenders on Pope Francis’ Admirable Humility

The Oscar nominated director discusses his documentary about the current leader of the Catholic church, "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word."
The Oscar nominated director discusses his documentary about the current pope.
(Photo credit: Francesco Sforza/ Focus Features)

Wim Wenders has directed many films over his career spanning more than four decades including “Paris, Texas,” “Wings of Desire,” and the Academy Award nominated documentary “The Buena Vista Social Club.” His latest film is “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” In their conversation, Wenders, who was raised Catholic, tells host Robert Scheer he was struck by the Pope’s choice of Francis as his papal name because of Saint Francis’ association with poverty. Wenders says that during filming, Pope Francis was incredibly humble and wanted the crewmembers to treat him as they would anyone else. And Wenders tells Scheer that his approach to documentaries is not a critical one, but celebratory of a subject he is passionate about.

Host:
Robert Scheer

Producers:
Joshua ScheerRebecca Mooney

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