Racial strife and religious conflict have cast a dark shadow over Myanmar in recent years. It can be argued that no one has been more responsible for this hostility and scare mongering than Ashnin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk and leader of the national anti-Muslim movement known as ´969´. He stirs up hatred and Islamaphobia from within his monastery in Mandalay, northern Myanmar, using his speeches and sermons to spread conspiracies and misinformation. 

The eery atmosphere inside his monastery is unsettling, Wirathu´s novice monks go about their studies and daily lives, while he welcomes in his followers, many of whom have travelled from far and wide to pay their respects and bring offerings; gifts and money. This is a small insight into daily life inside his lair of hate.

 

Produced while on assignment for Bergens Tidende