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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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8 January 2004 (Germany) See more »
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Some fairy tales are true... some legends are real. See more »
Plot:
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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A captivating chapter from another civilization See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (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
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
Batbayar Davgadorj .... location manager
Beatrix Wesle .... world sales
 
Thanks
Barbara Capecchi .... thanks
Giovanna Ciampi .... 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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MPAA:
Rated PG for some mild thematic content
Runtime:
87 min (25 fps) | 90 min (24 fps) | Hong Kong:93 min (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
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Certification:
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:o.Al.

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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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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A captivating chapter from another civilization, 5 December 2004
Author: dkennedy3 from dkennedy3

We heard that National Geographic was involved with this film, so expected some first-class photography. We were not disappointed.

The setting is amongst an extended family group, eking out a simple, rural existence on the high desert plains of Mongolia. It is the end of the calving season, and the last camel in the herd remains to give birth. We are privileged to witness the event in an non-intrusive way. It is the mother's first delivery and she encounters difficulties, probably through inexperience, and the human attendants feel compelled to assist. Not easy, with such a large animal, but eventually a healthy while colt is born before our very eyes. One suspect possibly because of the human intervention, the mother rejects the little one, and brushes away its repeated attempts to feed. Before long, the offspring is isolated from the mother and herd. Its mournful wailing sounds permeate the still Mongolian atmosphere with a haunting melancholy which cannot fail to turn the viewer's heart. Repeated attempts are made to reconcile the colt and its mother. As they all fail, the family decides to embark on a traditional ceremony as a last resort. This involves engaging a violinist to play music to the pair - a solution not as easy as it sounds, for the nearest skilled musician is in a remote provincial town which is at least a decent camel ride away. He eventually arrives and the ceremony commences. The outcome is best left for the viewer, suffice to say that here we have a touching film, with the splendor of the Mongolian landscape and the soft gentle colours of its sunsets as a backdrop. Worthy of a rating of 8 out of 10.

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