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Apr 232020

Evil comes in many forms. In Myanmar, it manifests in the casual racism and Islamophobia of influential, charismatic Burmese Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu. Through interviews with international journalists and community leaders who protest against Wirathu’s views, shocking amateur footage of the persecution of the Rohingya, and through powerful storytelling, acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune, Koko: A Talking Gorilla, and Barfly) slowly, but inexorably, builds his case. Perhaps most damning of all are the interviews with the man himself; couching his nationalist fervor in life-affirming rhetoric.

“A heart-stopping look at a man who has helped to push a community to the brink of collapse through nationalism and anti-Islamic hatred.”
 The Daily Beast

The Venerable W.
A Film by Barbet Schroeder
>From Distrib Films
An Icarus Films Release
Prebook 4/21 –  5/19
SRP $26.98 – UPC 8-545-6500316-3

2017 • 100 min • Color • in English, French, Spanish, Burmese (w/English subtitles) • Not Rated

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