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  • “Five minutes before he died I held his hand and requested him to come back as a reincarnation.”

    “Five minutes before he died I held his hand and requested him to come back as a reincarnation.”

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  • A Tibetan monk must find the child who is the reincarnation of his master.

    A Tibetan monk must find the child who is the reincarnation of his master.

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  • “We must find his unmistaken reincarnation, someone who will continue his kind deeds.”

    “We must find his unmistaken reincarnation, someone who will continue his kind deeds.”

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  • A monk searches in the deep, rural valleys of Tibet for the reincarnation of Geshe-La.

    A monk searches in the deep, rural valleys of Tibet for the reincarnation of Geshe-La.

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  • The unmistaken child

    The unmistaken child

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  • The unmistaken child believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan master

    The unmistaken child believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan master

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  • The unmistaken child looking at a Buddha statue

    The unmistaken child looking at a Buddha statue

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  • Geshe Tenzin Zopa

    Geshe Tenzin Zopa

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  • The unmistaken child getting a haircut

    The unmistaken child getting a haircut

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  • Geshe Tenzin Zopa and the unmistaken child

    Geshe Tenzin Zopa and the unmistaken child

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  • The unmistaken child at enthronement ceremony

    The unmistaken child at enthronement ceremony

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The Film

After world-renowned Tibetan master Geshe Lama Konchog passed away in 2001 at age 84, the Dalai Lama charged the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa, with the task of finding the reincarnation of this spiritual leader. Plagued by doubt, Tenzin knows his discovery is awaited by thousands of followers. Unmistaken Child is the story of his four-year search.

Tenzin Zopa was designated special from a young age. As a reincarnated master, he was not allowed to play with monks his own age, and he was always in classes or with Geshe Lama Konchog. The connection between Lama Konchog and Tenzin was formed even before Tenzin was born — when Tenzin’s mother was in labor, Lama Konchog came down from his cave to attend to the delivery, even turning Tenzin inside his mother’s womb to prevent him from being born in a potentially hazardous breach position. At the age of seven, Tenzin joined Lama Konchog and stayed with him until his death, escorting his master in all of his worldwide teachings and activities, and learning English by serving as Lama Konchog’s translator.

Stunningly shot, Unmistaken Child follows Tenzin as he embarks on an unforgettable quest by foot, mule, and even helicopter, traveling through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way, Tenzin listens to stories about young children with special characteristics and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. He eventually presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama — who will ultimately make the final decision.

The Filmmakers

  1. Nati BaratzProducer/Director
  2. ILIL ALEXANDERProducer
  3. Arik BernsteinProducer