The Way of a Warrior

Creative Documentary The Way of a Warrior

“The belief in revolution, which is identical to the belief in the kingdom, or better still: the belief in God’s Kingdom, is the only real path.”  Ernesto Cardenal
In 1982 Michael N., a twenty-year old novice from South Tyrol leaves Europe to become a missionary in Bolivia and dedicate his life to help the poorest of the poor. Shocked by the conditions he finds there and fascinated by the theology of liberation preached by the Jesuits - who are striving for social change in South America - he joins the Jesuit religious order. The ardent catholic stays eight years in Bolivia. He leaves the novitiate and together with other students founds the revolutionary Guerilla-group Frente Liberacion National. As head of a suicide guerilla commando, he kidnaps Bolivia’s Coca-Cola boss in 1990. The kidnapping drags on for several months until finally Michael is shot dead in a hail of bullets by Bolivian special units.
Against the backdrop of the disturbing activities of today’s holy warriors, who are mainly Muslim and conduct their suicide attacks to become martyrs in a fight for theocracy, the film tells the story of the Christian holy warrior Michael.

D / I
90 / 52 mins.



Max Ophüls Preis Saarbruecken 2008,
Al Jazeera Festival Qatar 2008,
International Filmfestival Innsbruck 2008,
Doclisboa Lissabon 2008, 
Documentary Film Festival Kassel 2008
IFF Sao Paulo 2008

Press quotes

Filme wie dieser erzählen große, aufs Herz der deutschen Gesellschaft zielende Stoffe, wie man sie jenseits all dieser privaten gefühls- und ichzentrierten, vergleichsweise kleinen Probleme auch mal wieder im deutschen Spielfilmkino sehen möchte.


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Spiegel online


Directed by Andreas Pichler
Director of photography: Susanne Schüle
Montage: Marzia Mete
Music: Paul Lemp
Sound: Stefano Bernardi
In co-production with Dschoint Ventschr
Supported by FilmFoerderung Hamburg, Miramonte, ZDF, DRS, RAI Bozen.
In cooperation with Arte
In co-production with Dschoint Ventschr
Supported by FilmFoerderung Hamburg, BKM, Film Foundation Zurich, Land Suedtirol, MEDIA.