Review: Prophecy – Terma is a film that attempts to challenge the Buddhist conventions and the traditional religious belief systems.
Filmed entirely in Bhutan with local actors, the film is directed by Zuri Rinpoche, the second Buddhist master from Bhutan to have ventured into filmmaking after Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche.
This is Zuri Rinpoche’s first feature film.
The story begins with the discovery of a religious scripture (terma), an ancient text of prophecy that sends two men to seek out a treasure discoverer (terton), a reincarnate Buddha destined to propagate religion and to benefit all sentient beings.
The reincarnate Buddha is a young boy born in the year of the Rat whose name is Rigzin Lingpa, played by Loday Chophel. Rigzin Lingpa spends his life mastering the arts and teachings of the Buddha.
As fate would have it, when Rigzin Lingpa is presiding over a monastery in eastern Bhutan, he encounters Youden, a young girl from Thimphu who returns home to her ailing mother. Played by Ugyen Pema, Youden is destined to reveal the truth. After their encounter, the story takes an interesting turn.
As we move deeper into the story, we finally get to understand the truth of the prophecy and the true meaning of the teachings of Buddha.
With a handful of casts, no songs except for the background score by Ani Choying Drolma who also appears in the film, the storyline and film itself will appeal to wider audience.
The role of supporting actors played by Dorji Khandro as Lama Singye and Lekzin Choden as Dawa, Youden’s mother, are equally commendable.
The film’s cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful, which is largely credited to veteran moviemaker Pelden Dorji.
The film was accredited as the best feature film and also bagged the Platinum award at the Asia Pacific International Filmmaker Festival and Awards this year.
The film was premiered in different parts of the world and will soon be shown in cinemas in Bhutan.
The film is about 1 hour 25 minutes long.