Jörg Wagner, Morley College Filmmaking tutor and producer and co-writer of the feature film ‘Akong – A Remarkable Life’, shares with us the story of his latest award-winning film that was filmed in four countries and took six years to produce. The film has already been selected and awarded at six international film festivals.
‘Akong – A Remarkable Life’ is a feature documentary that tells the story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master, compelled to flee his homeland at the height of Sino-Tibetan tensions and forced into exile into unknown lands. Later he would become, along with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the key pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
During the ten-month escape across the Himalayas to India, Akong comes close to death, being one of only 13 of 300 compatriots to survive the arduous journey. As he lay, near death, in a cave in the Himalayas, he makes a promise that, if he survives, he will devote his life to helping others.
After internment in a refugee camp in India, Rinpoche set sail for Britain in 1963, along with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, where he initially took work as a hospital orderly in Oxford.
In 1967 they co-found Samye Ling, in Scotland, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West.
Akong Rinpoche was in Chengdu, China in October 2013, about to embark on the latest of many humanitarian missions to Tibet, where he was murdered, senselessly, along with an attendant and his nephew. Despite this sad and shocking end to a remarkable life, the film ends on a message of hope.
Title: Akong A Remarkable Life 2016
Film Director: Chico Dall’Inha
Film Producer: Jörg Wagner
Director of Photography: Gerry McCulloch
Executive producer: Vin Harris
Akong A Remarkable Life – you tube trailer