The Venerable W
DirectorBarbet Schröder
ProductionFrance, Switzerland
Duration83 Min


One of the most influent Burmese monks, known as The Venerable Wirathu, has driven hundreds of thousands of his Buddhist followers into violent action and ethnic cleansing against the country’s Muslim minority. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have lost their homes and fled to impoverished refugee camps at the border to Bangladesh. The followers of the radical nationalist monk believe that the Rohingya constitute a threat to Buddhism and are determined to exterminate them. This violence has grown massively in the past few years and finally resulted in escalation: a systematic destruction of Rohingya villages. The film portrays Wirathu, a figure whose existence contradicts the popular belief that Buddhism is the most peaceful and tolerant among religions, and examines the nationalistic violence that has spread in Myanmar.


BERLIN PREMIERE 22.09.2018, 19:30 Sputnik Kino Q+A with Director (via Skype) Tickets 23.09.2018, 20:00 Hackesche Höfe Kino Tickets