The Story of the Weeping Camel
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An exotic and beautiful tale The Story of the Weeping Camel follows the adventures of a family of camel herders in Mongolia's Gobi Desert as they face a crisis when their camel rejects her newborn calf after a difficult birth.Running Time: 87 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. UPC: 794043776823
This breathtaking blend of documentary and fiction filmmaking provides an unobtrusive glimpse into the relationships, rituals, and livelihood of a four-generation family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi desert of South Mongolia. It is birthing season for the familys herd of camels and after several healthy foals are born, the last birth is difficult. With quiet perseverance, the family helps to deliver a rare white colt, which the mother camel quickly rejects and refuses to nurse. With growing concern for the colts survival, the family decides to employ a nomadic singing ritual to coax the mother into nurturing her young. They send the two eldest sons on a journey to the nearest village to fetch a musician for the "hoos ritual." The story unfolds gently, sensitive to the rhythms of desert life while honoring its real-life actors. This modest yet magnificent film is the graduation project of film students Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni, extending beyond the tale of a camel and colt to explore the fragility and beauty of an ancient way of life. Rated PG for some mild thematic content. (Ages 8 and older) --Lynn Gibson
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The first thing one needs to know is that humans and camels are mammels. Which means we both (along with about 4000 other species) give birth to live young who are totally depenent on their mothers (and families) for a relative period of time. This movie firstly gives us in DOCUMENTARY form, about four examples of 'mammel families' living together in harmony and peace on the Mongolian desert. The human family are some of the best 'related' family members we have 'movie' examples of. When a first time mother camel has a traumatic birth experience, she rejects her son. The lengths and the knowledge the human family has and goes to, to save the life of this baby and reunite the mothering pair is absulutelly unique and remarkable!!!! Inspiring for our human race ( who - in my opinion - does not ordinarily value/understand the mother child relationship in this vital way). I find it emotionally rewarding to watch as many times as I have seen it and so do my students..... The title of the movie is essential to the process .... but YOU may have to watch it to learn........??? And after watching, you may want to learn more about mammels' brain development in the first years of their lives and the coordination between the right and left brains...??? Including of course our HUMAN development.......???
Things that might be a problem for some: there is a camel birth shown, and my daughter giggled at the little boy being bathed by his mom. I needed to read all the subtitles aloud for her. Other than that, it could be G rated.
On the whole the movie is very quiet. No music is added to the soundtrack other than what is performed on-screen. It gives the movie a very relaxing, serene quality, and adds to the impact of the music played at the end of the movie.
The coolest thing about this movie is how much it will challenge your thinking. I came out of the movie with more questions than answers.
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Hard to understand how they actually filmed the camel weeping.Read more