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Presented by ACMI with AIDC

ACMI + AIDC present: The Mission

Featuring an onscreen Q&A with directors Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss

Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss | USA | 2023 | Unclassified (15+)

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Sat 2 Dec 2023

A seismic cultural reckoning.

Vanity Fair

Don't miss the Australian Premiere of this gripping documentary on John Chau, an American missionary who was killed while attempting to illegally make contact with one of the world’s most isolated Indigenous communities.

In 2018, a shocking event made headlines around the world: a young American missionary, John Chau, was killed by arrows while illegally attempting to contact one of the world’s most isolated Indigenous peoples on remote North Sentinel Island.

From Emmy-winning directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss (Boys State) with Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (American High), comes The Mission, which uncovers the story beyond the news headlines.

Through exclusive interviews and with unprecedented access to Chau’s personal diaries, plans and video archives, this intriguing documentary examines the mythology of exploration that inspired him, the evangelical community that supported his quest, and reveals his own father’s heartbreak as Chau’s youthful thirst for adventure became a fatal obsession.

Be sure to catch this Australian premiere screening, presented by AIDC and ACMI. And don’t miss an exclusive Q&A with directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss who will share insights into the making of The Mission and the complexities of telling a story deeply rooted in the legacy of religious imperialism. The Q&A will be moderated by journalist, author and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe.

Exclusive to ACMI.

The Mission is co-presented by ACMI and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: National Geographic Documentary Films
Courtesy: National Geographic Documentary Films
Runtime: 103 mins

Event duration

103 mins


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