Remembering ‘The Mission’ – Robert De Niro and redemption in the jungles of Brazil

In 1986, a movie called 'The Mission' won the Palme D'Or at Cannes, and created a stir about religion and society. A story of a disgraced mercenary (Robert DeNiro) seeking redemption through the efforts of a Jesuit missionary to covert the natives in the jungles of South America, in the 18th century, was an epic and stunning movie. It won many accolades, especially for its cinematography and evocative music by Ennio Morricone. More than 20 years later, the movie is haunting in its depiction of a dying civilization.


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