• Akong

    A Remarkable Life

    A feature length film documentary currently in production, that captures the fascinating, inspiring and tireless life of Akong Tulku Rinpoche: teacher, spiritual leader and doctor of Tibetan medicine.

  • Akong

    A Remarkable Life

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  • Akong

    A Remarkable Life

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About the Film

This is the first ever documentary film about the inspirational life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Through his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world, Akong Rinpoche has benefitted the lives of countless people. This film aims to make his inspirational life story available to future generations.

Akong Tulku Rinpoche, born in Kham in Eastern Tibet in 1941, was quickly recognized as a reincarnate Tulku and enthroned as the Abbot of Drolma Lhakhang Monastery at the age of four. In 1959, tensions between China and Tibet reached breaking point and Akong was forced to undertake a dangerous journey across the Himalayas on foot to India aged nineteen.

From the party of over two hundred Tibetans that set off, only fifteen survived the gruelling ten-month ordeal. When they reached their destination, living conditions in Buxadaur refugee camp in Assam were extremely poor. The hot climate combined with the lack of food and medicine claimed the lives of many of the surviving refugees, including Akong's elder brother, Jamyang Chogyal.

In 1963, Akong arrived in the UK with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In order to support themselves, Akong initially worked as an orderly at a hospital in Oxford. In 1967, he founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West - Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland.

Samye Ling has become an international centre for authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings, renowned for bringing great contemporary Buddhist masters such as HH the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Tai Situ, Ringu Tulku amongst others.

Akong Tulku Rinpoche continued to personally supervise his countless projects, right up until death at 73 years of age. His projects reach out to thousands of people in need through his charity ROKPA International, which invests nearly 100% of donations directly into humanitarian projects in Tibet, Nepal, India and Africa.

Researching and interviewing are already well under way on the film. Thus far the project has been self-funding. However, moving into the principle phase of production, a significant budget is required in order to gather crucial footage from around Europe, Asia and Africa.

We invite you to become involved in the project by helping us to preserve this important story for generations to come.

The Crew

meet the filmmakers

Chico Dall'Inha

Producer & Director

Chico Dall’Inha is a Film Director, Producer and Editor. His credits range from drama and documentary, to broadcast and corporate videos.

Chico runs Awareness Media Productions and creates films for commerce, the arts, and humanities.

Chico also lectures on editing and sound for film and video at Westminster Adult Education, London

Jorg Wagner

Co-Producer & Co-Director

Filmmaker and producer of documentaries and promotional films for art, charity and non-governmental organisations.

Jorg is a tutor in media studies at Westminster Adult Education, London.

Gerry McCulloch


Gerry McCulloch is a photographer, cinematographer and lecturer with many broadcast and exhibitions credits in film, documentary, and promotional videos.

He operates Darshana Photo Art and was previously a director of Untold Productions.

Gerry devised and leads the MA in Filmmaking and two undergraduates Film courses at Goldsmith University of London.


"brought tears to my eyes"

I have just watched the trailer of AKONG a remarkable life, the first documentary film being produced about his life and work. It gave me shivers & brought tears to my eyes when I first watched it.

Lisa Tully

"realities very few mortals know"

Two filmmakers started an intricate collaboration 2 years ago... Little did they know that their curiosity would uncover stories and unknown realities very few mortals know... Their inquisitiveness and their admiration for a man who changed the face of Buddhism in the West made them embark on a quest: the adventure of making a documentary about Akong Rinpoche had started!

Cindy Claes, The Anthropologist

"wonderful film about a living Buddha"

"At last! I have just contributed to the making of this wonderful film about a living Buddha disguised as a very ordinary person, who for the past 31 years has been like my mother and father, teacher and therapist, guru and councillor, close friend and shining example."

Hanna Huendorf

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