Becoming Who I Was

Director(s): Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon
Country: India, South Korea
Language: Ladakhi, Hindi and Tibetan (w/English subtitles)
Documentary | 2017 | 95 min
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: mention of abortion)

New England Premiere

In the sparsely populated Ladakh region of northern India, an impoverished young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of a high-ranking Tibetan monk. However, he was born far from his home monastery in Tibet, and is increasingly unwelcome in the local monastery. Eventually, the boy and his godfather embark on a grueling and incredible trek across India to return to his monastery.

A stirring tale of friendship and devotion between a Tibetan Buddhist godfather and a child longing for his spiritual home, the film rarely delves into the spiritual aspects of the story, but that’s okay: you needn’t believe in Padma and Urgain’s religion to believe in them.

Filmed over a span of eight years, the directors captured a stirring and awe-inspiring tale of friendship, devotion and selflessness. At times overwhelming in the magnitude of both the journey and the landscape in which they travel, the film depicts a delightfully devoted relationship between teacher and student. Their bond and unwavering dedication to their spiritual path is truly something to behold. This one-of-a-kind film artfully explores culture, tradition and identity while capturing the universal truths of unconditional love, family and sacrifice.

Berlinale 2017 – Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury: Best Feature Film
Seattle International Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2018 – Best Documentary
Phoenix International Film Festival 2018 – Best Documentary (World Cinema)

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