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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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
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Little Buddhist Voice (voice)
Yanghee Lee ...
Herself, UN special rapporteur (archive footage)
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Petite voix bouddhiste (voice)
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Narrateur (voice)
Aung San Suu Kyi ...
Herself (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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