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DEFENDER OF THE FAITH tells the story of Joseph Ratzinger who, in an increasingly secularized world, sought to make the Church a relevant force again but instead, during his reign as Pope Benedict XVI, led it into the biggest crisis in its history. Told via interviews with close advisors and friends, the documentary recounts the events that led to the scandals and Benedict's ultimate resignation whilst at the same time portraying his decision as symptomatic of a deep-rooted, structural crisis at the heart of the Church that is on-going to this day.

To make his film, the writer and director Christoph Röhl has worked closely with the Vatican, gaining permission to shoot in its grounds and access to its audio-visual archives.
Genre Religion, Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Christoph Röhl
Cinematography Juan Sarmiento G.
Producer Martin Heisler
Production Company Flare Film
Runtime 90 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
 English, German
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia

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