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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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It takes a village 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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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
It takes a village, 21 June 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

This is a great opportunity for getting a first eye view about a civilization and a culture so completely different from ours, that it's worth the price of admission.

Living in the remote Gobi desert, we encounter a small family that live from the sheep they raise and their camels, that are used as a form of transportation. The living conditions are primitive, to put it mildly, yet the family in the film seem content with what they have to live with. Most of the activities are centered around the home.

As the film unfolds, we are witnesses to the amazing birth of the last colt of the season. It is an ordeal for the first time mother having this offspring, a labor that goes on forever, until the men of the village take matters into their hands and help with the birth. The white colt that is born in front of our eyes, has to be guided to the mother for his nourishment, only to be rejected by her. We watch as one of the women manages to milk the mother camel in order to feed the colt. When all fails, as the mother camel keeps rejecting the colt, they resort to a sort of a ritual that involves a violin player coming to the family's help to play music for the animal, and ultimately mother and son are miraculously reunited.

The views of the desert are beautiful in their remoteness and desolation. Somehow we are drawn into this family's life in a way that we never thought we could get to know anyone. The final irony is that after the young children go into the nearest town they finally see their first television broadcast and are fascinated by it.

The film is refreshing as it shows how the different members of this small family care for one another. They are fortunate indeed, because being away from all the consumerism and material things, they manage to stay focused in living under those conditions in that unfriendly environment.

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