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).
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