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Mission of Fear

Mission of Fear

| 1 h 19 min

The story of the Jesuit martyrs who lived with the Wendat converts in the region near what is now Midland, Ontario. The film is of wide interest since it reconstructs a period of Canadian history, especially of Indigenous life, at the very beginning of European settlement. The village and the Jesuits' buildings are exact models from archeologists' reconstructions. The story is based on the Jesuit Relations, the actual journals of mission life that still make for thrilling reading.

(Please note that Mission of Fear was produced in 1965 and reflects the attitudes and thinking of its era. To modern audiences, parts of the film may be perceived as offensive, but it must be seen as a cultural product of the era in which it was produced. The perspectives of Canadians (and the NFB) have evolved and become more conscious of Indigenous rights, realities and points of view since the making of the film. Through its rich collection of Indigenous-made films, available at Indigenous Cinema, the NFB continues to strive to challenge stereotypes about Indigenous people and accurately depict the diverse experiences of Indigenous communities. )

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • director
    Fernand Dansereau
  • editing
    Fernand Dansereau
  • executive producer
    André Belleau
  • script
    Alex Pelletier
  • camera
    Georges Dufaux
  • sound
    Marcel Carrière
  • sound editing
    Pierre Bernier
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Maurice Blackburn
  • set decorator
    Claude Sabourin
  • cast
    Alain Cuny
    Jacques Godin
    Jacques Kasma
    Ginette Letondal
    Yves Létourneau
    Monique Mercure
    Albert Millaire
    Jean-Louis Millette
    Marcel Sabourin
    Janine Sutto
    Maurice Tremblay


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