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Film “the Mission” was set in 1986 and was very popular since that time. It is one of the greatest examples of positive psychology films. According to expert Ryan Niemiec a positive psychology film should have at least four elements: a. a character portraying at least one of the 24 character strengths, b. a depiction of obstacles or challenges the character faces in maximizing this strength, c. a portrayal of how to overcome the obstacle and d. a tone that is uplifting and/or inspiring. In my point of view, “The Mission” is an illustration of these four elements used on practice. The film is inspiring, helps to rethink the life values and change the way person behaves in her / his daily life.
At the beginning of the film we see the Jesuit missionary, who is lashed to the cross. We see him drowning in the deep river and simultaneously praying and paying attention to all the beautiful nature, which surrounds him. The missionary falls into the waterfall, and the scene ends. But, the sacrifice of this missionary appears to be very inspiring for the other person: Father Gabriel. He decides to go through all the obstacles and find the wild tribes named Guarani, who are living there, to teach them. When he finally reaches the tribe, they are ready to kill him. But, Father Gabriel is a very kind man, thus, after showing them his kindness, and his play on the oboe they start to respect him, and give him a permission to stay living with them. One of the main missions of the father Gabriel is to protect the people of the tribe against the mercenaries. One of the people, who makes a living by kidnapping Guarani’s people and selling them to the slavers for work on their plantations, is Rodrigo Mendoza. Rodrigo is depressed because the constant feeling of guilty after he stabbed his brother because of his betrayal with his fiancée. However, Father Gabriel helps him to undergo his depression and invites him to take part in his mission. The conflicts because of the Jesuit missions begun to take place in Spain and Portugal, thus the Papal emissary comes to decide which missions should be supported. He is really confused, but finally decides that the mission of Father Gabriel should be closed. Father Gabriel still believes in God and do not want to use force when the colonists will come to destroy them, while Mendoza teaches the people of Guarani how to fight and defend themselves. When the colonists come to Guarani, and attack them, people defend themselves and the mission of Father Gabriel. However, their weapon is not as good as the weapon of the...

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