Becoming Who I Was
Padma Angdu is no ordinary boy. In his past life he was a revered Buddhist teacher. Now he is a young child who must learn from Buddhist teachers to prepare his ability to pass on the wisdom from his past incarnation. A village doctor in the isolated highlands of northern India has been working to prepare the young master, but he is not equipped to teach the reincarnate and feels that the boy needs a true master to reach his full potential. Tibet, the center of Buddhist faith and Angdu’s homeland, is far from their village, and the conflict with China makes the thought of a trip extremely dangerous. Despite the dangers, Angdu and his mentor set out on foot toward Tibet, joined by ruminations of friendship and the nature of the world.
Documentarians Chang-Yong Moon and Jin Jeon followed the pair for eight years and have crafted a deeply moving portrait of the friendship between teacher and student as well as the strength of homeland to the people of Tibetan descent. With a vérité narrative approach that finds a concentrated serenity even in times of conflict, this extraordinary documentary crescendos towards its moving final frames.