A Ladakhi boy of noble birth must go in search of his previous life in Tibet, with the sacrifice of his aging godfather.
A seemingly ordinary boy discovers he is the highest ranking Tibetan monk reincarnated from a past, giving him the noble title of Rinpoche. Displaced in his reincarnation in Ladakh due to the political instability in Tibet, he is separated from his former monastery. Filmed over 8 years, the young reincarnate faces questions of survival, coming-of-age, and serving a sacred order. With one aging godfather on the backdrop of the biting Himalayan Mountains, the Rinpoche sets on a journey to find his place in the world.
Chang-Yong is an award-winning director and cinematographer who has been creating documentaries for South Korea’s major broadcasters since 1998. His accolades include ‘Extreme Job’ which won the EBS Prize for Excellence in 2009; three part documentary series Steel Route: The History of Civilization awarded KIPA Best Documentary Award Grand Prize (2011); four part documentary series titled Unfinished War: Disputed Maritime Border of the Yellow Sea awarded KCTTA Work of Art Prize (2012); and 1 Hectare of Happiness documentary which was awarded KBS Prize for Excellence in 2013.
Jin is a producer/director, raised in Africa and currently producing documentaries in South Korea for a global audience. She grew up in four countries and completed her Masters at the University of Cape Town. She worked as a journalist, and as a director and production manager for South African television for 5 years. For the past 5 years, she has been producing human-interest documentaries for Korean broadcasters and managing the international liaison department for global co-productions. Her credits include 1 Hectare of Happiness(2013), awarded the KBS Prize for Excellence.