Media attention for The Vatican is huge, all over the world. Although the spotlights are always focused on the Vatican, they have never managed to pierce those tall, thick walls. The gossip and scandals seeping through year after year only serve to heighten its elusive mystery. Keeping it firmly what it has always been: a mystery. Until now.
In the six-part documentary series The Vatican canon law professor Rik Torfs heads to Vatican City, armed with some compelling issues. Each episode centers on one of six burning questions about the power and powerlessness of what many consider to be the greatest multinational in the world.
- Does the threat to the Pope mainly come from within?
- How does the Vatican deal with obstructionists?
- Are the Jews friends or foes?
- Why does woman, as the supreme being on earth, remain invisible at the Vatican?
- Is sexual pleasure always sinful?
- How do you become Pope?
300 minutes long, with a probing narrative form, the series answers these and other questions, unearthing unpublished archive materials and eliciting surprising testimonials along the way. The focus is on people, on their stories. In the Vatican, for the Vatican, against the Vatican.
Genre – Documentary series (6 x 52min.)
Director – Kat Steppe
Screenwriters – Jo Badisco, Rik Torfs
Broadcaster – VRT
Shooting period – Spring 2020
First broadcast – Fall 2021