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The Mission (1986). Hermeneutic essay
This article is a hermeneutic essay, on a theological note, to the film Mission (1986), one of the cin- ematic masterpieces of the ninth decade of the last century. The story takes place in the middle of the 18th century, in the border area between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The film begins with the mirror presentation of two worlds, connected to each other through missionaries: the European Christian world, on one hand and on the other hand the world of the Amazonian tribes, of those who live in their natural state. The Jesuit missionaries are the connection between these worlds that seem to have nothing in common: they carry the Christian faith and receive martyrdom in the most brutal forms. There are two worlds that face each other: civilization and the natural state, on one hand and on the other hand, good and evil, which are found both among the civilized and among the natives.