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The Mission

Introduced by Dr David Leech, University of Bristol

About the film

Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.

About the speaker

David Leech is a lecturer in the philosophy of religion at the University of Bristol. He is interested in religious experience, Christian Platonism, and contemporary forms of nonbelief/agnosticism. His teaching addresses philosophical questions arising from Abrahamic traditions as well as non-theistic traditions such as Buddhism, and atheistic/agnostic positions. At the moment he is working on the topic of religious love.

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