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The Missionary

A moving tribute to the quiet heroism of a lifelong humanitarian.


‘The Missionary’ is a heartfelt exploration of Broeder Willy’s life and his extraordinary dedication to humanitarian work. Directed by Antoine van Aerde and filmed by Max Knaapen, this short documentary offers an intimate portrayal of Willy’s journey spanning four decades.

Willy’s mission of compassion unfolds through acts such as distributing second-hand goods from Belgium and contributing to the construction of a hospital in Brazil. Willy’s efforts extend globally, including providing aid in the aftermath of natural disasters in Haiti and the Philippines.

Van Aerde’s direction captures Willy’s personal reflections and experiences without distraction, allowing Willy’s own words and demeanor to illuminate the screen. Knaapen’s cinematography focuses on capturing the essence of Willy’s character, emphasizing his humility and unwavering commitment to helping others.

‘The Missionary’ is a credit to Willy’s profound faith and the transformative power of selfless service. It paints a vivid portrait of a man driven by compassion and guided by a deep sense of purpose, leaving a lasting impression on viewers about the impact of kindness and empathy in a world often overshadowed by adversity.

It is a moving tribute to Willy’s enduring legacy, urging us all to consider how we can contribute to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Missionary Short Documentary


Runtime: 8 min

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