Jigme Lhundrup is the "Yangsi", the reincarnation of a greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist spiritual master. He must train to uphold this legacy from the age of four. Even with the loving support of his teachers and family the way forward is not always clear. Questions begin to arise about the place of his tradition in the modern world, and his own abilities. In this documentary film, director Mark Elliott ("The Lion's Roar", "Bodhisattva") follows a journey spanning fourteen years, culminating in the Yangsi's introduction to the world as a young man, when he must fully assume the mantle of his predecessor. With unprecedented access, "Yangsi" explores everyday life within a mystical tradition and reveals the unusual spirit of the boy at its center. Shot on location in Bhutan, Nepal, India, France, and the United States. Read More
"Yangsi" is the most personal film I have made. The young boy at the center of this film has a lot to live up to. His previous incarnation was known to millions as a great saint. How does he does he deal with the expectations placed upon him? How does a spiritual tradition evolve in modern circumstances that are so different from those of the boy's previous incarnation, who spent more than twenty years as a yogi in retreat in mountain solitude? In answer to these questions I found a decency and wisdom throughout the filmmaking. Ultimately making "Yangsi" was for me an affirmation of the goodness of human nature and how it can be made manifest.
A Recommended & Charming Film
Video Librarian gives Yangsi a ★★★ “Recommended”, while reviewer F. Swietek calls Yangsi, “A charming portrait” of a young man recognized as the reincarnation of an important spiritual teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist faith. This great film provides insights into [read more]
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Yangsi plays Santa Fe, September 20-26 2013
The newly renovated Jean Cocteau theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico is having a week run of Yangsi as part of its opening month after having closed in 2005. The theater was a neighborhood favorite, apparently known for its surrealist [read more]