The movie The Mission which was released in the year 1986 is considered to be a dangerous movie. The film actually re-enforces paternalism, neo-imperialism and also a dangerous kind of Otherness, even though it pretends to be both Indian friendly and historically accurate. If the movie is examined from the epistemological framework then it would bring out the fact that it is based on the themes mentioned above. It is in the late 18th century of South America that the movie is set onto. Portugal and Spain which are the two great colonial forces are fighting for native Indians labor and land. Both Portugal and Spain act as the imperialists whose basic aim is to formulate a trade in slaves and riches (Chasteen 2011).
On the other hand, the Jesuits are shown as the missionaries whose aim is the conversion of Indians. In reality, it was for 3 long centuries that the rule by Portugal and Spain lasted in Latin America. Regardless of the continual resistance to exploitation and regardless of the utopian dreams of the religiously inspired, in 1800 the bitter legacy of slavery and conquest remained very firm. It was with the hierarchy of race which was imposed by slavery and conquest that the Latin Americans fought and over a period of time they got adapted to this kind of hierarchy. During the colonial rule in Latin America, stability and durability were the two key features which were most surprising. However, it must also be seen that especially towards the end there were a few notable large rebellions and many small rebellions (Saeger 1995).
In the movie, it is shown that the character tames the tribe when he is armed with a flute. It is stated by the author that with an orchestra a whole continent would have been subdued by the Jesuits. In the historic context of the movie, the Guarani are indeed agrarian and for them hunting was of no use; thus it is ironic that the hunters turned quiet submissive.