The Story of the Weeping Camel

Dir: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni
93mins   2003   Mongolia   PG   Mongolian   

Directed by Luigi Falomi and Mongolian documentary maker Byambasuren Davaa, Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel 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.

'Here is a film that is about life itself, and about those few humans who still engage it at first hand.' Roger Ebert

This film is introduced by Wilma De Jong, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex in a half hour lecture that includes clips of a variety of related films. It can be booked as a one off event or as part of the course Documenting Reality: Documentary in a new Light



Thu 22 March


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