A documentary film about the death of American missionary John Chau, who was killed by arrows while attempting to make contact with one of the world's most isolated Indigenous peoples on remote North Sentinel Island. The film explores the circumstances of Chau's death, the factors that led him to undertake such a dangerous mission, and the ethical implications of making contact with isolated communities.

Cast & Crew

The Mission (2023) is a documentary film directed and produced by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss. It explores the death of American missionary John Chau, who was killed by arrows while attempting to make contact with one of the world’s most isolated Indigenous peoples on remote North Sentinel Island.

Storyline:

In 2018, John Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary, traveled to North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean with the intention of making contact with the Sentinelese, an indigenous people who have lived on the island in isolation for thousands of years.

The Sentinelese are known to be hostile to outsiders, and the Indian government has prohibited visitors to the island in order to protect the Sentinelese from disease and exploitation.

Despite the warnings, Chau hired local fishermen to take him to North Sentinel Island. He landed on the beach and attempted to approach the Sentinelese, but he was shot and killed with arrows.

The Mission examines the circumstances of Chau’s death and the factors that led him to undertake such a dangerous mission. The film also explores the complex relationship between missionaries and indigenous peoples, and the ethical implications of making contact with isolated communities.

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