Becoming Who I Was

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    Becoming Who I Was

    Directed by

    • Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon

    South Korea

    2016

    96 min

    • Hindi
    • Tibetan
    • Ladakhi

    Documentary

    In northern India’s sparsely populated and mountainous Ladakh region, an impoverished young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Born displaced from his original monastery in Tibet, the boy is denied his rightful place. Amid growing doubts and mounting expectations in the community, the boy and his elderly godfather embark on a grueling, improbable trek across India to return the young monk-to-be to his rightful monastery before it becomes too late.
    Filmed over eight years, we witness an incredibly intimate bond of friendship between a future religious leader and his godfather, whose devotion and selflessness in care for the boy is truly touching. The film has a stirring and awe-inspiring air of serenity that befits its subject. Striking drone shots use the powerful magnitude of the natural landscape, particularly in the final moments in the snowy mountains The film is an evocative exploration of culture, tradition and identity, Becoming Who I Was artfully captures the universal truths of unconditional love, family bonds and sacrifice.

    Awards

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    • Grand Prix for Best Film - Berlinale Generation
    • Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize - Seattle IFF
    • Grand Prix for the Best Documentary Feature & Best Editing Award - Moscow IDFF
    • Audience Award - Trento FF
    • Beautiful New Docs Award - DMZ IDFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Chang-Yong Moon
    Jin Jeon
    Editing
    Chang-Yong Moon
    Jin Jeon
    Music
    Junsuk Bang
    Production
    PROSUM INC. & SONAMU FILMS
    Sales
    CARGO FILM & RELEASING

    Press

    A courageous journey of self-discovery.

    Jason Bechervaise, The Korea Times