Akong: A Remarkable Life charts the life of Akong Rinpoche, a well-respected Tibetan Buddhist Lama and co-founder of Samye Ling, the Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Scotland. The film tracks Akong’s inspirational story from his perilous escape from Tibet in 1959, becoming a refugee first in India, his shift to the United Kingdom, the founding of Samye Ling and finally to his tragic murder in China in 2013. Akong’s fundamental message of “Compassion in Action” shines through the film. It shows how Akong taught, wrote, established innovative therapeutic projects, attracted many great Buddhist teachers to Samye Ling, played a pivotal role in the recognition of His Holiness the Karmapa, and established ROKPA International, a humanitarian aid charity working on projects primarily in Tibet, Nepal, India and Africa. The personalities interviewed in the film include the actor Kabir Bedi; His Holiness the Karmapa; the writer Mick Brown; David Steel, the former leader of the UK’s Liberal Party; and Akong’s brother, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, and other family members.
Chico Dall’Inha is a film director, producer and editor. His filmography covers drama and documentary, and broadcast and corporate videos. Chico runs Awareness Media Productions and creates films for commerce, the arts, and humanities. Chico also lectures on sound design at the London College of Contemporary Arts.