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becoming who i was

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

In northern India’s sparsely populated Ladakh region, an impoverished young boy discovers he is the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Born displaced from his original monastery and disciples in Tibet, Padma Angdu is denied the privilege of his second incarnation as a noble Rinpoche, and banished from a local monastery. Filmed over eight years, as circumstances change and the young Rinpoche enters adolescence while waiting indefinitely for his Tibetan disciples to retrieve him, an incredibly touching bond between the future religious leader and his elderly godfather is intimately depicted. Amid growing doubts and mounting expectations in the community, the two embark on a gruelling, improbable quest across India to return the young Rinpoche to his rightful monastery before it becomes too late. An evocative, longitudinal exploration of culture, tradition and identity, Becoming Who I Was artfully captures the universal truths of unconditional love and sacrifice.


May 7, 20173:30 pm