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Black Robe - Movie Review Black Robe is a movie that tells the story of the first contacts between the Huron Indians of Quebec and the Jesuit missionaries from France who came to convert them to Catholicism but ended up delivering the Indians into the hands of their enemies The Jesuits saw the Savages as they called them as souls to be saved The natives saw the Black Robes as they called them as destroyers and demons threatening the gods and sorceries which ordered their lives Out of that a big conflict between two cultures is shown Those first brave Jesuit priests did not realize that it was not the right thing to do because a burning faith and an absolute conviction drove them Only much later it was apparent that the European settlement of North America led to the destruction of the original inhabitants not their salvation Father LaForgue a Jesuit undertakes a long and arduous journey in winter guided by the Algonquins threatened by the Iroquois It is a torturous experience and Black Robe visualizes it in very realistic depictions of Indian life Throughout the movie we can very well find details of the housing of the Indians their methods of hunting and food procurement and the way they use absolute trust and cooperation of each other to fight against the deadly climate It also becomes clear that the Indians had their own religious and belief systems already in place and that none of them had much use for Jesus and the other gifts of Christianity This is clearly shown in a scene when the Jesuit priest is trying to explain the advantages of going to Heaven and the Indians he is with laugh at him - the cultural context is incompatible and communication with understanding is impossible On the other hand for the white people it is hard to understand the brutality and torture that is
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