The Venerable W. (Le vénérable W.)
Saturday Jun 15 01:00 PM
Saturday Jun 15 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of TALES OF EUROPE program.
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. France | Switzerland | Myanmar. 2017. 100 min.
The third in his “Trilogy of Evil,” Barbet Schroeder has made yet another compelling documentary that demands to be seen. The Venerable W. is a powerful portrait about the Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Wirathu, and his anti-Muslim fanaticism, leading his followers to harass, beat and even kill Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. As the documentary moves through Myanmar’s history, we see Rohingya persecution isn’t new, and goes back for years, often with government participation. Schroeder reminds the audience that evil isn’t new, the face just keeps changing. Selected as a NY Times Critic’s Pick.
“This is an important documentary that not only illuminates the rank underbelly of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar, but also captures one of the first major tests faced by the new political order, especially regarding freedom of speech and assembly.”
– Gavin Jacobson, The New York Review of Books
Read The New York Times review
Read The Guardian review
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