The Story of the Weeping Camel

2004

The Story of the Weeping Camel

Critics Consensus

Delightful and strangely moving.

94%

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Total Count: 103

87%

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User Ratings: 5,745
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Directed by Luigi Falomi and Mongolian documentary maker Byambasuren Davaa, Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel (The Story of the Weeping Camel) was shot by Munich Film School students within the expanses of Mongolia's Gobi Desert. The film revolves around an extended family of professional camel herders, which involves a surprising amount of internal conflict, as well as taking an unflinching look at the occasionally brutal nature of the task itself. The film also travels deep into southern Mongolia in hopes of capturing a camel ritual that occasionally gives a mother camel the encouragement she needs to take back a colt she had rejected after its birth.

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  • Mar 16, 2011
    interesting documentary about a nomadic family of camel herders in Mongolia. And it's all about them -- no narration, no talking head "experts". Just a camera following these people around as they share meals, socialize and work. The title refers to a particiular camel who gives birth and then refuses to care for her colt. The colt's health begins to suffer, and the family takes an unusual step - bringing in a violinist to play while one of the women perform a kind of ritual with the camel in order to bring back the camel's maternal instinct. The piece the violinist plays is beautiful, and is just one of several similarly wonderful music interludes. A scene of a young mother singing what seems to be a lullaby to her toddler is magical and moving. A fascinating journey into unfamiliar territory.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2008
    This was really good.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2007
    well made documentary, following a group of people living out in the dessert in asia, and there ritual surrounding there hurds of camels, and one in particular as we follow his life with the tribe looking after it, and them trying to get the camel to acept its new born which if it doesent, will not survive, very well made, and not my thing at all, but it grabbed me, with the way of life we see on screen, the struggle of the human family and the outcome of the camels, the kids are great in this too, playing up to the cameras, all they want is a little tv, western kids have it so good, a great documentary, i think youll be suprised
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Story of the Weeping Camel" is a documentary about an extended family living in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The last of the camels has finally given birth but the mother rejects the colt. The humans are desperate to try to get the mother camel to accept her child.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Simply put, "The Story of the Weeping Camel" is not that interesting. There is little insight into how the family lives and works except they do seem rather ordinary.(Maybe this is the point...) The greater emphasis is on the camel. (Getting the mother camel to accept the colt is important but it is not explained the repercussions if this does not happen.) And humans will always interest me more than animals. I did learn quite a bit about animal husbandry especially how it applies to the birthing and care of camels, though.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=navy][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]And I will be on vacation until Tuesday, October 4. I'll try and have some reviews for you when I return...[/color][/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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