“Unmistaken Child” is a beautifully filmed documentary by Israeli-American director Nati Baratz, first released in 2009.
It tells the compelling story of Geshe Tenzin Zopa, who left his family behind at the age of seven to become a monk and a disciple of Lama Konchog, a Tibetan Buddhist master who spent many years in retreat. He had a very close relationship with this spiritual teacher and was with him when he died at age 84 in 2001. The Dalai Lama gave him the mission of finding the boy who is believed to be the reincarnation of the master, and the film follows Tenzin’s search in remote, rugged Tibetan areas of Nepal.
Geshe Zopa will be present at the event and take part in a Q and A after the film.
Kunchok Gyaltsen, Tibetan refugee and long-time resident of Katoomba, was inspired to show the film as the local Tibetan community’s contribution to multiculturalism. He loved the film when he saw it in 2009, as it reminded him of his homeland and because of the enduring friendship he has with Geshe Zopa, the young monk who is at the centre of the film. Geshe Zopa is currently teaching during his visit to Australia and will answer questions about the film. Kunchok chose the 5th of July because the following day is the Tibetan Community’s celebration of the Dalai Lama’s birthday.
The film screening will take place at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts on Friday 5 July. It starts at 6.30 pm and finishes at 9.00 pm.
Price of tickets: $20 and $15 concession.
The film is supported by BMCC.