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Le vénérable W. (2017)

A view of the religious tensions between Muslims and Buddhist through the portrait of the Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, leader of anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar.

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Credited cast:
... Himself
U. Zanitar ... Himself, Wirathu's Master
Kyaw Zayar Htun ... Himself
U. Kaylar Sa ... Himself, Buddist monk
Matthew Smith ... Himself, journalist
Abdul Rasheed ... Himself
Carlos Sardiña-Galache ... Himself, Spanish Journalist
U. Galonni ... Himself, buddist monk
Aung San Suu Kyi ... Herself (archive footage)
... Petite voix bouddhiste (voice)
... Little Buddhist Voice (voice)
... Narrateur / male voice (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yanghee Lee ... Herself, UN special rapporteur (archive footage)
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A view of the religious tensions between Muslims and Buddhist through the portrait of the Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, leader of anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar.

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El venerable W.  »

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This is the third film in Barbet Schroeder's "trilogy of evil", following, General Idi Amin Dada (1974) and Terror's Advocate (2007). See more »

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It's important, but it's not a great film
9 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

A pretty good documentary from Barbet Schroeder − a former Éric Rohmer collaborator who now makes factual films about awful people − dealing with Ashin Wirathu, the world's naughtiest baby. Oh, OK, he's a Buddhist hate preacher. Who's eaten quite enough alms, by the looks of him.

It's more a potted history of the path to genocide − with a bit of access and some intelligently-compiled raw footage shot by others − than an in-depth portrait of its subject, though it's an important story and a timely primer on an urgent humanitarian crisis.

As a film, it might be more effective if it had taken the route of its trailer, which makes the Errol Morris-like decision to unveil The Venerable W's toxic Islamophobia at the midway point, rather than leading with it.

In the screening, a woman behind me tutted at everything from fascist rhetoric to burning bodies, as if otherwise we'd think that she was endorsing the behaviour in the film.


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