R.C. Friedericks or Rishi, as he's known lovingly since his teen years in India, grew up in China, India, and Nepal. He is the son of an American doctor who founded a hospital in Tansen, Nepal. A lifelong interest in the plight of the Tibetan people began when refugees, streaming out of Tibet in the early 1960s, came for treatment at the hospital. The Dalai Lama often visited Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, where Rishi was a student. He attended university in the USA, followed by film school in London.