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by Barbet Schroeder


In Burma, the Venerable Wirathu is a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk. Meeting him amounts to traveling to the heart of everyday racism and observing how Islamophobia and hate speech lead to violence and destruction. Yet this is a country in which 90% of the population has adopted Buddhism as a faith: a religion based on a peaceful, tolerant and non-violent way of life.

international title: The Venerable W.
original title: Le vénérable W.
country: France, Switzerland
sales agent: Les Films du Losange
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Barbet Schroeder
film run: 100'
release date: FR 7/06/2017, CH 22/11/2017, IT 21/03/2019
screenplay: Barbet Schroeder
cinematography by: Victoria Clay-Mendoza
film editing: Nelly Quettier
music: Jorge Arriagada
producer: Lionel Baier, Margaret Ménégoz
production: Bande à Part Films, Les Films du Losange, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: Canal+, CNC
distributor: Les Films du Losange, Bande à part Films, Satine Film

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