DVD Review: The Mission


Theology Still Matters

The movie, The Mission, is based on the historical events of an 18th century Jesuit mission.  The film portrays the importance that missions had among the Roman Catholic Church, and the urgency there was to spread the Gospel.  The film also displays something that has been all too common throughout history, and that is the bad treatment of colonies on native peoples.  It is an epic film of people uniting to “shield a South American tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires[1].”

The film brings together the unlikeliest of heroes.  One of the main characters, Rodrigo Mendoza, was in the slave trade.  He would go to great lengths to capture the Guarani peoples and sell them for profit.  He led a bad life and ended up killing his brother when a lady chose his brother over himself.  When in prison he could not eat…

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