Observing Centuries-Old Traditions
After a four year search, Tenzin Zopa finds the Unmistaken Child and takes him to Keplu Monastery where other Lamas verify his identity. Once confirmed, the child is taken from his family, who willingly let him go, renamed Phuntsok Rinpoche by the Dalai Lama and ensconced in the Buddhist monastic domain for training and to assume his role in guiding humankind to enlightenment.
A Fantastic Reality
This documentary recounts an amazing real life story that has all the elements of an exotic and enthralling fantasy feature. It has compelling and absolutely charming characters engaged in a quest that, for them, has profound meaning. We see Tenzin Zopa become a gentle and loving teacher to the young Lama, who is a most unusual and brilliant little boy who miraculously embraces the responsibilities of his new station in life.
Skillful Filmmaking Supports The Story
In short, the film takes us to a place where time has, seemingly, stood still. In fact, in presenting this chapter of Buddhist history, Unmistaken Child’s director, Nati Baratz, doesn't reference or examine the political context in which the tradition and rituals are carried out. And one can’t help but be curious about how the film’s makers and subjects feel about this idyllic region’s ongoing struggle for independence from Chinese influence.
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- Director: Nati Baratz
- US Theatrical Release Date: June 3, 2009 (limited)
- Running Time: 102 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Location: Nepal
- Language: English, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan, with English subtitles
- Production Country: Israel
- Production Company: Samsara Films
- Distribution Company: Oscilloscope Films