The Story of the Weeping Camel Reviews
The documentary was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Documentary at the 77th Academy Awards.
International Film Critics Award, 2004 San Francisco International Film Festival
White Camel Award, 2006 Sahara International Film Festival
The director stayed with these people for 4-5 months to study them & be there when the magical moment happens.
The family is tied to a camel who has a difficult birth of a colt & rejects it's young & the family aim to build that connection but nothing works.
The boys of the family set off to find a musician to perform the ritual that with the right music will make the camel weep & connect with it's colt.
It's a beautiful and times slow film of refreshing characters & natural life...a incredible achievement & a must see.
Watching this docudrama has a kind of calming effect. Everything happens so placidly. There is no hurry at all to tell the story and even at a screensaver mode, you will not miss much and still appreciate it.
Yes there is a crisis. A mother camel refuses her new colt her milk and hence the family has to send the eldest son and his chubby younger brother to town to ... look for musician. The second last scene is the musician playing the music somehow coaxing the mother camel to feed her colt. It works and the mother camel appears to be crying hence the title. The last scene is the family celebrating the occasion as if the camel is very much a part of the family.
I admit I do not really jump out of my seat and applaud for the movie but I have to say it is really an eye-opening experience to see such a truly docudrama when documentary and drama weaves together so seamlessly.
Expected Rating: B
If you haven't seen it- do so ! It's an amazing story and SO different from any other film I've seen