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  • Summary: Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, My Reincarnation chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan
    Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi. The film follows Namkhai Norbu’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West,
    while his son, Yeshi, recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, breaks away from his father’s tradition to embrace the modern world. Can the father convince his son to keep the family's threatened spiritual legacy alive? Never before has a high Tibetan Master allowed such complete access to his private life and it is doubtful that another ever will. With her signature intimate entry to both family and icons including the Dalai Lama, Fox expertly distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation, and destiny. (Long Shot Factory) Collapse
  • Director: Jennifer Fox
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Biography, Family, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 100 min
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Mindy Farabee
    Oct 29, 2011
    80
    Languid and contemplative, the film is typical of the intimate, paired-down aspect of Fox's style, a documentary in which lives accumulate in small moments.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Oct 26, 2011
    75
    My Reincarnation has an effective bifurcated structure that testifies to the level of trust Jennifer Fox clearly established with her subjects.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 8, 2011
    75
    It offers a rare look at the everyday life of a spiritual leader, so that even if Yeshi's dilemma never seems that urgent or vital, My Reincarnation remains a compelling, universal film.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Especially in the early footage, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu is an engaging, charismatic figure; by the end, Yeshi is finding his own footing, able to relate to a young, wired-in audience. My Reincarnation makes a pretty strong case: when the family business is enlightenment, listen to your dad.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jan 12, 2012
    63
    The story and settings hold interest throughout, but at times the very lack of emotional connection that Yeshi laments in his father seems to hinder the film.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Oct 26, 2011
    60
    It's fascinating to watch Yeshi grow from a skeptical teenager into a spiritual leader - a transformation that still doesn't bring him any closer to his father. The film could use one scene of the two men acknowledging their differences, but even without that, My Reincarnation won't test your patience.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Oct 26, 2011
    50
    Fox's briskness leaves certain questions gaping open. As in, how cynical and derisive is she deliberately being of Rinpoche's teachings, since all we get are trite homilies and vague advice?
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