What a fest!
First of all, the Big News: the winner of the Wakefield Doc Fest 2019 Best of Fest, sponsored by Roslyn Bern’s Leacross Foundation, was (drum roll, please):
BECOMING WHO I WAS !!
This beautiful film tells the story of a boy born in Ladakh in Northern India, who is discovered to be the reincarnation of an important Tibetan lama. That may sound pretty dry – but those words don’t come close to doing the story justice. When the new Rinpoche’s devotees do not materialize to escort him to his monastery, he and his tutor must struggle to fulfill his path, resulting in an arduous trip together to Tibet. The real heart of the story is the remarkable and pure relationship between this young Rinpoche and his uncle/tutor. It is a stunningly shot film, providing an incredible intimacy with its characters.
Congratulations to the South Korean filmmaking team, Jin Jeon and Moon Chang-Yong. Woot woot!!
The race for the Best of Fest, which is decided by audience ballot, was intense, with many of the other films coming within .5 of the final winner. This seems appropriate as many comments were received about the quality of the lineup of films screened in this, the 10th Annual festival.
Watch this space for news about our upcoming 3rd Annual Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, screening at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche October 18 – 20, 2019. Our weekend festival happens every autumn and offers a curated selection of the very best of current Canadian and international feature documentary films, all connected by a particular theme.