|Festivals/Awards||Special Jury Prize - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2009|
In theatres on September 11, 2009
DVD/Blu-ray available on May 11, 2010
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. Unmistaken Child follows the 4-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.
Special Jury Prize - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2009
“Tibetan reincarnation film hypnotic ” - Sun Media
“'Unmistaken Child': Faith and recognition” - The Toronto Star
“'Unmistaken Child' is a glimpse into a mysterious process” - Los Angeles Times
“It's about reincarnation, and having the faith to believe in it ” - The Globe and Mail
“In Nepal, a child inherits the role of a lifetime” - The Boston Globe
“'Unmistaken Child' gives extraordinary access to the search for a reincarnated soul” - The Seattle Times