Netflix to produce docuseries based on 'Sharing the Wisdom of Time,' book by Pope Francis

Unbound sponsored elder Raphael and his wife, Coroneria, in Kenya react to receiving a copy of "Sharing the Wisdom of Time." Their story appeared in the book as part of Pope Francis' effort to highlight the experience and insight of elders around the world. Unbound is pleased to share the following announcement from Loyola Press

December 16, 2020 (CHICAGO) — Loyola Press announced today Netflix will produce an original documentary series based on its award-winning book “Sharing the Wisdom of Time” by Pope Francis and Friends. The documentary series, produced by Stand by Me Productions, is set for Netflix global release in 2021.

The book “Sharing the Wisdom of Time” is a collection of stories about elders from over 30 countries. Through their stories, elders express wisdom carved from lifetimes of experience. Pope Francis contributes as a fellow elder, offering the Preface, his own story in each chapter and a reflection on dozens of others’ stories. The book follows Pope Francis’s call to younger generations to recognize elders as reservoirs of wisdom and historical memory.

Inspired by this call, the documentary series will feature interviews with elders from the book, told through the eyes of the younger generation, talented young filmmakers under the age of 30 residing in the elder’s country. The series will also feature special commentary from Pope Francis.

Unbound, a nonprofit sponsorship organization, collaborated with Loyola Press on the book, gathering stories and photos from its sponsored elders around the world on topics ranging from love to health to death. Twenty-three sponsored elders and one staff member from Unbound were included in the book. Unbound is contributing to this new project as well, arranging interviews with elders on four continents.

“Sharing the Wisdom of Time” has been a source of inspiration for several worldwide initiatives, including the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life’s campaign urging young people to send a virtual hug to the elderly isolated by the pandemic.

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About Unbound

Unbound is an international nonprofit organization that supports children, families and elderly people in their efforts to overcome the challenges of extreme poverty around the world. Founded by lay Catholics in 1981, Unbound has grown into a global community with more than 1 million participants each year. Unbound is the highest-rated organization of its kind in the United States, and one of the only major organizations to offer sponsorship for elders. Learn more at

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Meet the young woman who was sponsored as a child and represented Unbound at the book-launch event in Rome.

Copies of the book are delivered to the Unbound sponsored elders who shared their stories.