“MY REINCARNATION” RELEASES JUNE 19 ON DVD
An Inspiring and Spiritual Father and
Son Tale Unlike Any Other
“Remarkable… A pretty strong case: when the family business is
enlightenment, listen to your dad.” – The New York Times
June 5, 2012 – New York, New York – Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is a high Tibetan Buddhist Master. He escaped Tibet in 1959 and settled in Italy, where he married and had two children. At the age of five, his son Yeshi was recognized as the reincarnation of Rinpoche’s uncle, a famous Dzogchen master. But Yeshi doesn’t want to continue the tradition and become a spiritual teacher. He marries, has children, and becomes a corporate executive, leaving his aging father alone to safeguard the secret Dzogchen lineage. Yet over time, Yeshi’s feelings gradually change as he begins to accept his spiritual destiny.
Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox (Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman, An American Love Story), MY REINCARNATION features never-before-seen archival film footage from over twenty years of shooting, photographs and intimate cinéma vérité scenes, including unprecedented access to Rinpoche and his family. After meeting Rinpoche in 1985, Fox traveled with him as his secretary starting in 1989. For years, she captured his most intimate moments on camera: from his relationships with his family to his interactions with followers, Buddhist masters and icons, including H. H. The Dalai Lama. By filming Rinpoche and his son over a 20-year period, Fox expertly distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation, and destiny.
“It is a universal, classic father-son story about a father who wants to save his traditional culture and history by passing them onto his son and a son who wants nothing more than to be modern,” Fox said.
MY REINCARNATION won the Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, the Top 20 Audience Award at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam and was an official selection at Hot Docs. The film releases on DVD on June 19, following its broadcast premiere on PBS’s POV series on June 12.
MY REINCARNATION is directed by Jennifer Fox; executive produced by Dan Cogan, Andrian Melnikov, Joanna Plafsky; produced by Jennifer Fox, Babeth M. Vanloo, Carl Ludwig Rettinger, Andres Pfaeffli, Elda Guidinetti, Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa; edited by Sabine Krayenbuhl; music composition by Jan Tilman Schade and Moe Jaksch. The DVD includes highlights from the NYC premiere and deleted scenes.
Pricing: $29.95 US
Runtime: 101 mins. + extras
Catalog #: NNVG269210
Language: English, Italian, Tibetan with English Subtitles
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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