The Venerable W.

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    The Venerable W.

    Le venerable W.

    Directed by

    France, Switzerland

    2017

    100 min

    • Burmese

    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.

    Awards

    • Honorable Mention (In Spirit for Freedom Award) - Jerusalem FF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Victoria Clay Mendoza
    Editing
    Nelly Quettier
    Music
    Jorge Arriagada
    Sales
    LES FILMS DU LOSANGE
    Production
    LES FILMS DU LOSANGE
    Production
    BANDE A PART FILMS

    Press

    [An] eye-opening chronicle of one Burmese monk's long campaign of racism and violence against his country's minority Muslim population.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    The Venerable W is a fine, stirring documentary about ethnic cleansing in action.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    a fascinating and very rich documentary

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Barbet Schroeder

    Barbet Schroeder

    France

    Born in Teheran, Iran, Schroeder studied philosophy at Sorbonne University in Paris, and started his career writing criticism for the famous film journal, Cahiers du Cinéma. He then received an opportunity to work as an assistant trainee to director Jean-Luc Godard for the film, LES CARABINIERS (1963). The experience led him to work on his own short black and white 16mm films, and establish his own production company, Les Films du Losange. At his new company, Schroeder produced two films by director Eric Rohmer, LA BOULAGERE DE MONCEAU (in which he also had a starring role) and LA CARRIERE DE SUZANNE. After producing, appearing in and assisting with several other films, Schroeder directed his first feature, MORE, in 1969. Through the next decade, he became known not only in Europe, but in North America for his work on documentaries like GENERAL IDI AMIN DADA (1976), and KOKO, THE TALKING GORILLA (1977) as well as the feature films LE VALLEE (1972), and the controversial MAITRESSE (1976) starring Gerard Depardieu (he wrote the latter two). He made his first film, BARFLY, in the U.S. in the mid-1980s, which was a critical success. He solidified his directing reputation with an Oscar and a Golden Globe nominated film, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (1990), starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close. His name once again hit the media with his greatest commercial success in the 20th century, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (1992), a thriller that followed a disturbed woman who begins to adopt the persona of her roommate.

    His 2017 film, THE VENERABLE W., had a special screening at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

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