The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche

English (subtitled), 50 min, 1991, UK

Choenzey is a 47-year-old monk living in a Tibetan refugee monastery in South India. His spiritual master, Khensur Rinpoche, a revered high lama, has been dead for four years. According to Tibetan belief, he will soon be reincarnated. It is Choenzey's responsibility, as his closest disciple, to find the reincarnation and look after him. The film follows Choenzey's search and his eventual discovery of an impish but gentle 4-year-old boy who is recognized by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan State Oracle to be the reincarnation. Without sentimentality, the film captures the moving relationship that develops between the erstwhile disciple and his young master.
 

 
Producer:
Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Andrew Carchrae
Editing:
Paul Shepard
Sound:
Ritu Sarin and Mic Shoring
Music:
Chaksampa and The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
Narrator: Ian Holm
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Film Festivals:
Association for Asian Studies Conference, San Diego, 2000
Bombay International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films, 1992
Cinema du Rèel, Paris, 1992
Wellington/Auckland International Film Festivals, 1992
Galway Film Fleadh, 1992
6th Paarnu International Visual Anthropology Festival 1992, Best Film About Youth
Royal Anthropological Institute International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Manchester, 1992
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, 1992
37th Cork Film Festival 1992
Amsterdam International Documentary Festival, 1992
 
Screenings:
Anthology Film Archives, New York
The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
National Film Theatre, London
Kino Xenix, Zurich
Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow
Cinema City, Norwich

Theatrical Release:
35mm cinema release in Germany, Austria and Switzerland;
16mm release in the major cities of the USA
 
Broadcasts:
NRK (Norway); BBC (UK); (Canal +) France; ABC (Australia);
TV2 (Denmark); YLE (Finland); SVT (Sweden); RTSI (Switzerland); ision TV (Canada); Odyssey (USA); Fuji TV (Japan); RAI (Italy); BR (Germany), Estonian TV (Estonia); South Korea