Releasing Date:- 13 Oct, 2023
Cinema:- Movie (English)
Critic’s Rating:- 3.5/5
Avg. Users’ Rating:- 3.5/5
IMDb Rating:- 7.7/10
Cast & Crew:-
Director:- Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
Actor:- Lawrence Kao, David Shih
The Mission Movie Story:-
John Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary, was killed while attempting to reach an Indigenous community off the coast of India, one of the world’s last isolated settlements.
The Mission Movie Review:-
The activities of John Allen Chau, an American who was killed in 2018 while attempting to bring Christianity to the inhabitants of an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, can be summarized as irresponsible and arrogant.
Nothing in “The Mission,” a documentary directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, contradicts that opinion. However, the film attempts to contextualize Chau’s “horse-blinder focus,” which supposedly led him to believe he could convert the residents of North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea. The islanders had long rejected contact with the outside world.
The film depicts Chau, who died at the age of 26, as a young man who had been engrossed in imperial illusions. He did not act alone; at critical junctures, he had assistance from individuals who shared his ideals. Some of Chau’s acquaintances and associates still speak highly of him.
Actors read extracts from Chau’s writing and a letter provided with the filmmakers by his father, Patrick Chau, a psychiatrist. The directors are aware that the perspective of the North Sentinelese is missing. (“We’re telling a story about us, not them,” warns Adam Goodheart, a North Sentinel Island historian, near the conclusion.) The most venomous component of the film, a National Geographic release, is its acknowledgement of National Geographic’s role in exoticizing groups like the North Sentinelese.
Some of this background appears to be an attempt to justify Chau’s fanaticism. Dan Everett, a linguist who spent years trying to convert the Pirah people of Brazil and eventually changed his mind, is more helpful. Everett observes that Chau’s fans were both devastated and pleased by his death.
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