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Becoming Who I Was Directed
Moon Chang-Yong and Jin Jeon South Korea / 2017 / 95 minutes East Coast Premiere
In Hindi, Ladkahi, and Tibetan with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
In a sweeping story of a young Buddhist boy who discovers he is the reincarnation of a Tibetan spiritual master, Becoming Who I Was, follows his momentous trek across Asia to rejoin his monastic order. Accompanied by his aging godfather, the documentary captures Padma and Urgyan on their epic journey over eight difficult years, surmounting all odds to pursue his spiritual destiny. Focused on its two compelling central personalities, we are deeply moved by their unconditional love set against a backdrop of political and geographic adversity.
Becoming Who I Was captures both the enormity of the Asian landscape and the quiet, private moments of boy and man as they endure their challenge. When Padma enters adolescence and becomes conflicted by the immensity of his undertaking, Urgyan remains a steadfast and kind mentor, propelling them toward their goal. Touching and uplifting, Becoming Who I Was is a universal story of compassion and love through adversity, and the reclaiming of a suppressed identity. — Colton Cox
BIO: Moon Chang-Yong is South Korea's multi award-winning director and cinematographer who has been creating documentaries since 1998. His awards include EBS Prize for Excellence; KIPA Best Documentary Award Grand Prize; KCTTA Work of Art Prize; and KBS Prize for Excellence.
Jin Jeon 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. Her credits include 1 Hectare of Happiness, awarded the KBS Prize for Excellence.
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