Becoming Who I Was
Gateway | Dragons & Tigers
This wonderful doc chronicles the early life of Angdu, born in northern India and named as the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Precocious but full of the unruly spirit that marks childhood, the boy is mentored by the elderly Urgyan, and it’s a tender, loving relationship, wonderful to behold. Expelled from the local monastery and bursting with anxiety, young Angdu eventually decides on a trek to Tibet to fulfill his spiritual heritage. Needless to say, it’s a difficult, dangerous endeavour, one that requires radical devotion.
Needless to say, Becoming Who I Was takes place in a milieu radically different from ours. But the warmth, the humanity, the immersive power of the film are strong enough to make the film accessible. Angdu is certainly not your average kid, but his pride and willfulness seem to come from juvenile hubris as much as any higher calling. He’s both a noble hero and a typical kid—and certainly a great documentary subject.
"A charmingly intimate portrait that ultimately assumes epic-journey proportions…The endearing, guileless personalities of the two principals constitute much of the film’s appeal.…"—Dennis Harvey, Variety
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, Seattle 17; Grand Prix, Generation Kplus, Berlin 17