The Venerable W.

Barbet Schroeder, France, 2017

100 min.Documentary

Ashin Wirath has been called 'The Face of Buddhist Terror' on the front page of Time Magazine. The influential Burmese monk and tireless hate preacher has one mission: To purge Myanmar of Muslims. He also has a huge following, both on social media and in reality, where his inflammatory rhetoric and hateful propaganda has sparked ethnic cleansing against the Muslim Rohingya minority. How is the peaceful Buddhist philosophy compatible with violence and murder? As always, there is a cynical populist behind the religious fanaticism. And he lets us come all the way inside the innermost corners of his inflamed reasoning. The master director Barbet Schroeder has followed him closely in the long run-up to the point when last year's ethnic tensions exploded and saw the killing of over 10'000 people and countless more being driven away. The film is the last of Schroeder's 'trilogy of evil', whose impressive historical span also includes 'General Idi Amin Dada' (1974) and 'Terror's Advocate' (2007).
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Le Vénérable W.
Danish title The Venerable W.
Director Barbet Schroeder
Producer Lionel Baier, Margaret Ménégoz
Director of Photography Victoria Clay-Mendoza
Editor Nelly Quettier
Composer Jorge Arriagada
Production country France, Switzerland
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
Danish theatrical release 03.05.2018
Cinemas Cinemateket Månedens Dokumentar
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Production company
Executive Producer Les Films du Lasange
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Barbet Schroeder


Producer Lionel Baier
Producer Margaret Ménégoz


Cinematographer Victoria Clay-Mendoza


Editor Nelly Quettier


Composer Jorge Arriagada


Sound Florian Eidenbenz
Sound Georges Prat

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Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2018-05-03
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