Becoming Who I Was


The Main 5 Fri, Apr 20, 2018 1:45 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Sun, Apr 22, 2018 12:30 PM
The Main 5 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 7:20 PM
The Main 5 Thu, May 3, 2018 4:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Documentary Award
Best of Fest
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Release Year:2017
Runtime:95 min
Festivals & Awards:Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury Winner - Berlinale
Best Documentary - Seattle International Film Festival
Best Documentary & Best Editing - Moscow International Film Festival
Audience Award Winner - 65th Trento Film Festival
Beautiful New Docs Award - DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
Top 20 Audience Favorite - Hot Docs
Country/Region:South Korea
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Cargo Films
Director:Moon Chang-yong
Jeon Jin
Producer:Jeon Jin
Cinematographer:Moon Chang-yong
Editor:Moon Chang-yong
Jeon Jin
Composer:Seo Jung-il
Principal Cast:Padma Angdu
Urgain Rigzin
Filmography:Spring Day ('12)
Unfinished War of the Yellow Sea ('12)
1 Hectare of Happiness ('13)
Golden Ratio Unveiled ('14)
Inescapable Mountain ('16)


Tickets to Rochester screenings will be sold at the door.

Becoming Who I Was follows young Padma Angdu, a Ladakhi boy who, at 5 years old, began sharing “memories” of his past life as a Tibetan monk. Presumed to be the monk’s fated reincarnation, Angdu is given the title of Rinpoche—or “Living Buddha”—and set on the path of reclaiming his previous life. He is guided by traditional doctor and godfather Urgyan Rickzen, and together they make for a charming pair as they face the daunting task of traveling from Northern India to Tibet in order to fulfill his spiritual heritage.

Told with an earnest sincerity, young Angdu’s journey to merge the life he had lived with the life he is currently living centers mainly on the relationship between Angdu and Rickzen and the loving, familial bond that results from it rather than trying to prove the validity of the claim itself.

Moon Chang-yong, Jeon JinMoon Chang-yong, Jeon Jin Both from South Korea, Moon Chang-yong has worked in the documentary film industry since 1998, while Jeon Jin has worked prominently as a director and producer in the South African television industry. Together, they have collaborated on several films, including 1 Hectare of Happiness ('14) and Becoming Who I Was ('17).



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