Films from Past Years/ Unmistaken Child
Israel | Documentary Feature | 2009 | 102 min | NR | Website
Director & Screenwriter Nati Baratz
Awards: Official Selection 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Independent Film Festival of Boston – Special Jury Prize
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. UNMISTAKEN CHILD follows the four-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa (who had been in his service since the age of seven), to search for his master’s reincarnation.
Tenzin sets off on this unforgettable quest on foot, mule and even helicopter, through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way, Tenzin listens to stories about young children with special characteristics, and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. He eventually presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama so that he can make the final decision.
Stunningly shot, UNMISTAKEN CHILD is a beguiling, surprising, touching, even humorous experience.