Where Are You at, Barbet Schroeder?

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The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W)
Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 6, 2017 3:30 PM
For some two decades, the Myanmar monk Wirathru has produced a stream of writings, sermons, and DVDs depicting and vilifying the Muslim Rohingyas-who number five percent of the country’s population-as subhumans determined to destroy Buddhism through immigration, intermarriage, and high reproduction rates. Gautama Buddha warned, “The innocent one, absorbing a drop at a time, can end up filled with evil,” and Wirathru seems to have adopted that as his mantra. Veteran filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (Amnesia, MVFF 2015) encourages the religious leader to recount his journey and expound on his inflammatory views in on-camera interviews, resulting in a chillingly close-up portrait of Islamophobic demagoguery. While Schroeder's camera does not turn away from the violence, the monk’s strangely soothing monotone and beatific smile are hauntingly unforgettable on their own.
The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W)
Century Larkspur 2 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 6:15 PM
For some two decades, the Myanmar monk Wirathru has produced a stream of writings, sermons, and DVDs depicting and vilifying the Muslim Rohingyas-who number five percent of the country’s population-as subhumans determined to destroy Buddhism through immigration, intermarriage, and high reproduction rates. Gautama Buddha warned, “The innocent one, absorbing a drop at a time, can end up filled with evil,” and Wirathru seems to have adopted that as his mantra. Veteran filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (Amnesia, MVFF 2015) encourages the religious leader to recount his journey and expound on his inflammatory views in on-camera interviews, resulting in a chillingly close-up portrait of Islamophobic demagoguery. While Schroeder's camera does not turn away from the violence, the monk’s strangely soothing monotone and beatific smile are hauntingly unforgettable on their own.
Film Info
Year:2017
Running Time:14 min.

Description

In this haunting short, world-renowned director Schroeder unearths both his personal history and a longstanding interest in Buddhism to examine the impulse that compelled him to meet Wirathu, the infamous, incendiary Myanmarese monk.