Viewing of film ‘The Mission’ set for BSC International Education Week

As one of a handful of events comprising International Education Week at Bainbridge State College, the International Education Committee will host a viewing of “The Mission,” a 1986 film starring Robert DeNiro and Aidan Quinn, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in Room 961 of the Student Wellness Center on the main campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, director Roland Joffé’s film examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-‘80s struggles of Latin America,” critic Paul Brenner writes. “Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls.”

Set in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, “The Mission” is a natural fit for this semester’s International Education Week schedule of events, which will focus specifically on the country and culture of Brazil.

“International Education Week is a great opportunity for our students to explore cultures and issues that they might not be exposed to otherwise,” said Emily Dowd-Arrow, assistant professor of English at Bainbridge State and a member of the International Education Committee, which was responsible for coordinating the week’s activities. “Brazil was a consensus choice for this semester’s focus, with its vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan population and its upcoming role on the global stage as host to next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.”

The International Education Committee is a group of volunteers from among Bainbridge State’s faculty and staff who share an abiding interesting in expanding students’ multicultural awareness. Each semester, the Committee chooses to study a region or country that will both fascinate and enlighten students, broadening their sense of a global community by introducing speakers, performers, artists, creative contests and international foods to Bainbridge State.

International Education Week will take place on the Bainbridge campus from Monday, Nov. 11, to Friday, Nov. 15. In addition to the viewing of “The Mission,” the campus will host a book discussion, Brazilian music, a presentation by poet and translator Juan Carlos Galeano and a tasting menu featuring the country’s cuisine.

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