In May 1986 The Mission won top honors as the best film at the internationally prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The award was unprecedented, since the film had been entered into the festival before it had undergone final editing.
News of the award was received at Sojourners with great interest, as our good friend and contributing editor Daniel Berrigan had both a part in the movie and a role as adviser to it. Berrigan had received a phone call months earlier from Roland Joffe, the British director of The Killing Fields, inquiring as to his availability for a film about the mission work of 18th-century European Jesuits in South America. Berrigan had agreed to get involved.