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The Story of the Weeping Camel -- When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.


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16 July 2004 (USA) See more »
Some fairy tales are true... some legends are real. See more »
When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Janchiv Ayurzana ... Janchiv
Chimed Ohin ... Chimed
Amgaabazar Gonson ... Amgaa
Zeveljamz Nyam ... Zevel
Ikhbayar Amgaabazar ... Ikchee
Odgerel Ayusch ... Odgoo
Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar ... Dude
Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar ... Ugna
Guntbaatar Ikhbayar ... Guntee
Munkhbayar Lhagvaa ... Munkbayar, violin teacher
Ariunjargal Adiya ... Teacher's Assistant
Dogo Roljav ... Relative Aimak I
Chuluunzezeg Gur ... Relative Aimak II
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Botok ... Baby Camel
Ingen Tenne ... Mother Camel

Directed by
Byambasuren Davaa 
Luigi Falorni 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Byambasuren Davaa  writer
Batbayar Davgadorj  writer
Luigi Falorni  writer

Produced by
Claudia Gladziejewski .... co-producer
Natalie Lambsdorff .... co-executive producer: HFF
Tobias Siebert .... producer
Evi Stangassinger .... co-executive producer: HFF
Benigna von Keyserlingk .... co-producer
Original Music by
Marcel Leniz 
Marc Riedinger 
Choigiw Sangidorj 
Cinematography by
Luigi Falorni 
Juliane Gregor 
Film Editing by
Anja Pohl 
Set Decoration by
Mendbayar Pol 
Costume Design by
Unorjargal Amgaabazar 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Chaput .... trainee assistant director
Jiska Rickels .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Hans-Dieter Desinger .... sound mixer
Ansgar Frerich .... sound designer
Ansgar Frerich .... sound
Tatjana Jakob .... sound designer
Marc Meusinger .... sound recordist
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Juliane Gregor .... still photographer
Sebastian Grundt .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Bertl Grabmayr .... telecine grader
Transportation Department
Bayarsaihan Hasan .... driver
Scharav Sumiya .... driver
Other crew
Daschdamba Damba .... camp manager
Angarag Davaasuren .... production staff
Batbayar Davgadorj .... location manager
Beatrix Wesle .... world sales
Barbara Capecchi .... thanks
Giovanna Ciampi .... thanks
Angarag Davaasuren .... thanks
Zolbayar Dorj .... thanks
Natasha Falorni .... thanks
Piero Falorni .... thanks
Hendrik Feil .... thanks
Jana Prinz .... thanks
Helmut Vielweber .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel" - Germany (original title)
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Rated PG for some mild thematic content
87 min (25 fps) | 91 min (24 fps) | Hong Kong:93 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 | Norway:A | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:8 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:0

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[first lines]
Janchiv:Now my children I'll tell you the story of the weeping camel. Many years ago, God gave antlers to the camel as a reward for the goodness of its heart. But one day a rogue deer came and asked the camel to lend him his antlers. He wanted to adorn himself with them for a celebration in the west. The camel trusted the deer and gave him his antlers, but the deer never brought them back. Since then the camels keep gazing at the horizon and still await the deer's return.
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV)See more »


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The Story of the Weeping Camel provides a universal message of how we all need love to survive delicately laced into the tale of a sad little camel, 4 January 2004
Author: emilyblunt from Los Angeles

There's a new style of film eking into the film biz called "Narrative Documentary." What? An oxymoron you tutt-tutt silently as you read.Well, yes and no. It describes a documentary that has been embellished with narrative scenes to ultimately create the arc-drama one finds in a feature film with the intelligence of a documentary.

Narrative documentary is truly an appropriate expression for this wonderfully unique and intriguing little gem, The Story of the Weeping Camel.

As you watch the fairly simple tale of a camel that after a grueling birthing of her albino calf, she decides she's not interested in the ideas of motherhood and abandons the newborn to fend for itself.

Sounds positively dull until you start to watch this young mother and the footage the filmmakers gathered and you are pulled in - mesmerized, "How did the film crew get this?" It feels like a documentary, looks like a documentary but then there's the story obviously running along side the remarkable footage that you realize is scripted, storyboarded and a team behind the lens have planned. Amazing.

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