February 2021: New Documentary on Early Jesuit Missionaries in New France and Asia

This Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco has released a documentary film, “Faith and Martyrdom: Stories from New France and East Asia,” available for free public streaming at Jesuits.org.


The film compares the stories of faith and martyrdom of Jesuits and their converts in New France (stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico) to those from the East Asia missions, particularly in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.


The film seeks to answer such questions as: How was the Christian faith transmitted to these peoples across the world? How did they receive it and what key role did the local converts play in the work of evangelization and inculturation? What led to their acceptance by some and rejection by others?

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