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An Uncommon King is a documentary following the life of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, son of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as he tries to shift the prevailing culture toward feeling their humanity and to validate feelings of compassion, kindness and goodness. Shot over 17 years in Tibet, India, China, Europe and North America, the visual style moves from sweeping landscapes to intimate moments.
Through verite footage, we are with Rinpoche cooking at home in Nova Scotia, on retreat in India and in the studio recording music. We see him running marathons, promoting his books on tour and building a school in a remote region of Tibet. And we are there when Rinpoche meets and later marries his bride, a Tibetan princess. Through interviews and archival footage we meet his family and learn of his early years in India, how he came to the West to live and train with his father in America at a time when Buddhism was just taking root there. Through verite footage, interviews and archival material we follow Rinpoche from a young child in India to being empowered as a Sakyong or “Earth Protector” and follow him as he works to bring peace to the world, one person at a time. (Dir. by Johanna Lunn, 2011, USA, 72 mins., NR) Digital