The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W.) (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W.) (2017)




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"The Venerable W." by Barbet Schroeder is the last instalment in the director's "Trilogy of Evil", which began with General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974), and continued with Terror's Advocate (Certain Regard Cannes 2007 and winner of the César for Best Documentary in 2008). This time the director goes to Burma, into the heart of everyday racism, to explore how Islamophobia and hate speech transforms itself into violence and destruction in a country that is 90 percent Buddhist - the world's most peaceful of religions, founded on a tolerant, non-violent way of life.


Critic Reviews for The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W.)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

In a sense, this is the most terrifying of Schroder's portraits.

January 3, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a sombre, pessimistic but necessary film.

October 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Barbet Schroeder completes his Trilogy of Evil with this chilling look at the Buddhist monk whose Islamophobic rhetoric is stoking ethnic cleaning in Myanmar.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

This is just as pungently intimate a portrayal of evil as Schroeder's career-defining 1974 documentary General Idi Amin Dada.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The opening act muddles the narrative a little and the talking heads sometimes become unimaginative, but with a superb control of story, Schroeder's unflinching footage inspires its audience to care about these outrageous crimes.

March 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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