Date: May 03, 2023 05:30PM
Is it called "The Mission" blindguy?
Funny coincidence if so because Mormons also go on missions!
Here's a link to an article about the film:https://www.nytimes.com/1986/10/26/movies/the-mission-carries-a-message-from-past-to-present.html
If that doesn't work, it's in The New York Times and the article is called 'The Mission' Carries a Message From Past to Present.
On a quick scan (I don't have time right now to read the whole article but it looks interesting), it sounds like the plot you are describing.
I can't find that exact quote (building bridges is such a common phrase that far too many hits come up on a search).
It looks like it's Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons in the starring roles in this one.
I look forward to reading more about it. Sounds like an intriguing story.