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  • Actors: Tenzin Zopa
  • Directors: Nati Baratz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Matchbox Films
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I2IGEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The beauty and splendour of Nepal is the breathtaking backdrop for this inspirational life affirming story. After his master dies, novice monk Tenzin Zopa embarks on a quest to find his reincarnation. His search leads him to a young boy who would appear to have all the attributes and disciplines of his master. Can this child really be Lama Konchog reborn ? Only a perilous journey to visit the Dalai Lama can bring an answer...... The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is difficult for most Westerners to grasp. Unmistaken Child explores the myths and legends that surrounds this belief in a beguiling, touching and even humorous experience.

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This Documentary should be watched, loved, and cherished. It is thought-provoking, charming, deep and meaningful, it simply made me stop and think about my life and all the small things I neglect on a day to day basis that are so important to me. This genius piece of film transcends a spiritual faith that is so strong it is hard not to become immersed and compelled by Buddhism.

I thoroughly recommend this DVD it has to be a strong contender for the best documentary of all time. If for nothing else, this film should be watch for the stunning cinematography and the adorable nature of the baby boy, Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, however, I cannot believe anyone who watches this documentary will walk away unaffected by its moving and beautiful truth.

I honestly feel that words cannot do this documentary justice... so buy it, watch it and thank me after for my recommendation :)
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Unmistaken Child took me into a world I am less familiar with but, nonetheless, remain totally open minded about, the Buddhist belief in reincarnation. This touching documentary highlights the true and utter devotion of one Buddhist monk and his search for the reincarnation of his Buddhist master. The beauty and sensitivity with which this documentary has been crafted exquisitely demonstrates the way of Buddhism and its unrelenting reverence to the Buddha. The spiritual enlightenment and the searing emotional entanglement of human existence is played out to the full in this truly amazing story of dedication and whilst there were some difficult scenes with which the westerner may struggle initially to understand, you can only emerge from watching this documentary wiser and far, far more enlightened.
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This is a thought provoking and beautiful film in which a young buddhist monk searches for the reincarnation of his master. On one level the film shows us this earch and its extraordinary outcome and on another level, it shows the very human story surrounding this search and the hopes, fears and faith of those involved.
So very different from our experience in the West, it nevertheless was captivating viewing and I can highly recommend it.
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Complex. moving, thought provoking and beautifully shot, with a great
score.

I struggled a bit philosophically at first while watching, since I've
been trained in a more western tradition of Buddhism, and don't take
the concept of reincarnation literally. And I had an even harder time
seeing a tiny child taken from it's family with no say as to his fate.

But then I realized that the documentary - which is told without
narration - isn't taking sides on whether reincarnation is real,
whether this child actually is the reincarnation of the former llama
(there are some moments that seem to actively raise question, where it
looks like the boy may being guided to give the right answers). It's
simply displaying a way of life and a tradition that has gone on for
hundreds of years. One that includes the cruelty of separating a child
and his family, but that has also led to such important figures as the
current Dali Llama, who has done so much for world peace.

And, in turn that leads to bigger, important questions about how we
raise children. If we never forced children directions against their
will at times, we might never have some of our greatest figures in
religion, leadership, arts, etc. But in doing so, do we also in some
way harm the soul of that child? Where is the line between freedom and
tradition?

These are important questions, and the film raises them with skill and
grace, without attempting to force an easy answer.

It's also the very emotional journey of the young monk charged with the
difficult and uncertain task of finding the reincarnation of the man he
loved and served for many years. Whatever your beliefs, you can't help
but care for this charismatic and vulnerable monk on his physically,
emotionally and spiritually challenging journey.
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***SPOILERS AHOY!***
Writing as a practising Buddhist, I saw this gem on TV late one night (it was actually shown on BBC4 as 'The Baby and The Buddha', so watch out for it). Other reviews commend the beauty and emotion of the film, the breath-taking landscapes, and while these are all indeed true, it was the 'affirmation' that touched me most. Let me explain what I mean...

Firstly let me apologise for putting such a heavy Buddhist slant on this; I'm hoping there are like-minded people out there who can appreciate what I'm about to say! If not and you're just curious, thanks for looking!

OK, here we go.... Watching the child react to being given the Rosary Beads that were his in the previous life, and how he puts them around his neck and won't be parted from them; his reaction to the finger drums, the bells etc of that earlier life; how he shows an unshakeable confidence and authority when granting blessings to his disciples, and so on. I found this to be very jarring to watch, and it has been an enormous inspiration to my Dharma practice (following the Buddhist Path).

Us 'Westerners' have and will always struggle with the Buddhist belief of Rebirth, and the conditions that naturally arise from this (such as the existence of the 6 Realms, Mother-Beings, etc), but this superb film spells out to us that these aren't just mystical traditions, but ACTUAL occurrences. What better proof do our inquisitive and questioning minds need?

Think about it. If you watch the film with a sincere heart, you will become convinced that the child is indeed the Buddhist Geshe reborn, or a 'Rinpoche'. Therefore, rebirth at the end of this life will definitely happen for us all, and it follows that it HAS happened to us countless times before.
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