Black Robe Movie Review: Riya M.

This movie was a bit hard to watch because it’s not the genre that I would pick to watch. I mean I love reading about history but more about war history, preferably European or East Asian history. However this movie was actually a great movie as it gave a very clear and very different perspective of colonialism in North America. In this movie there is a Jesuit priest who is involved in creating the religious center (churches) that is called the axis mundi. The colonizers were basically trying to convert the Natives into Christianity and they were building churches as well.

In addition, the colonizers believed that since the Natives lived in the ‘wild’ and are not Christian, they are basically attacked by a ‘demon.’ Based on that Father LaFourge, the Jesuit priest wants to convert these natives for their own good. Moreover, the priest had too many strict and conserved rules on how to pray God. He does not care if you do not believe in God as long as you act like a Christian and believe God the way he wants you do, then you’re alright.

On the other hand, Daniel another person who converts people tend to go for a different route. Daniel basically saw the Natives as equals and he even learned about their culture and understand how the Natives believe in god and how they worship God. Also, as Christianity gained knowledge from the bible, the Natives gain from nature and spirits. Daniel does not care or even act like LaFourge, his motto is that it doesn’t matter if they do not believe in God, as long as they’re good people, it’s good.

The Natives believe the colonizers (French) are weird and they are taking something important and sacred away from them, also they do not trust the French. It’s due to the mass genocides of the tribes. And the French believe the Natives are wild and uncivilized people and that the Natives are lower than them. Henceforth there are different perspectives on religion and the whole politics of being colonials.


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