A still photograph, a portrait, of a mountain; the north
twenty-nine thousand feet high.
We hear a very young boy speak.
Mama, my story.
A woman speaks:
with snow, twenty-four thousand feet high.
Your father had been very ill,
animals had died.
And a yak. And chickens. And we
had four years of bad crops, all
the farmers did.
In the night, I knew you were coming.
At dawn, you were born.
CLOSER on this caravan. We can make out eight or ten men,
wearing maroon robes.
Now, we see the mens's destination. A lake. An incredibly
years old. His name is RETING RINPOCHE. He is the Regent
a deep, murky, unfathomable darkness.
You were a beautiful baby.
The woman laughs.
Maybe, just a little.
then blue again, then red, then indigo.
And that day, your father
got better. He named you Lhamo.
One man stands out here, a monk, a high lama in fact, with a
kind face and fantastic, mesmerizing eyes. He is the LAMA
Go to sleep, Lhamo.
Reting stares at the lake.
at first, then becoming more solid. A vision.
He sees a house - a small, stone, one-story, u-shaped house.
face of a young boy at the window.
CLOSE on Reting Rinpoche. Looking. Searching.
until it comes to rest on a small, stone, u-shaped house. A
house caught in the dawn's mist.
Synopsis: Kundun is a 1997 epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the life and writings of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet. Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, a grandnephew of the Dalai Lama, stars as the adult Dalai Lama, while Tencho Gyalpo, a niece of the Dalai Lama, appears as the Dalai Lama's mother.