Story of the weeping Camel (2003) | Byambasuren Davaa

Next date: Friday, 20 September 2019 | 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

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Compelling, fascinating and moving, this astounding docudrama follows a family of nomadic shepherds and their daily struggle for
survival in the Gobi Desert, on the harsh, snow and wind-swept Mongolian Steppes. It was nominated for an Oscar at the 77th Academy Awards, won the International Film Critics Award in 2004, and the White Camel Award in 2006 at the Sahara Film Festival.

This is an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of four generations of a real nomad family of herders, and many of the events in the film were shot as they occurred. The tale is enchantingly simple – a camel, in difficult labour over two days, finally gives birth to a calf which she rejects, abandoning and refusing it her milk. For these nomads, camels represent wealth and survival, so when it becomes clear that the colt will not survive, the eldest son is sent to a nearby town (50 kms away) to find a musician who can perform a “Hoos” ceremony.

The narrative is related in warm, respectful tones, and never falls into the ‘cutsie’ animal-story trap, indeed, this is a poignant and engaging film celebrating life and survival, and pays homage to those few humans who engage in it, literally, at the grass roots level.  


  • Friday, 20 September 2019 | 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM


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