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The Story of the Weeping Camel

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The Story of the Weeping Camel Poster

Released

2003

Runtime

87

The Story of the Weeping Camel

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What's it About

Drawing on centuries of knowledge, a family of nomadic shepherds in South Mongolia comes to the aid of a camel enduring a difficult birth. When a rare white colt is finally born, the mother rejects the foal, refusing to give it milk. Worried the colt will not survive, eldest son Dude (Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar) and his little brother Ugna (Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar) trek across the desert in search of a musician who can perform a Hoos ritual to coax the camel back to her offspring.

Why we love it

Refreshingly simple and sweet, this poignant saga of a nomadic family unfolds as gently as the sands that blow across Mongolia's scorching Gobi desert, where directors Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni shot the film using actual herders. Many of the incidents that occur, such as Dude and Ugna's first encounter with television in the yurt of a neighbor, were unscripted and filmed as they happened. Inspired by the ethnographic films of Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North"), but cross-bred with fable, this "Story" will thrill both choosy adults and children (those old enough to read subtitles, that is) who seek affecting, no-gimmick entertainment.