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The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (original title)
PG | | Drama, Family | 16 July 2004 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Janchiv Ayurzana ... Janchiv
Chimed Ohin ... Chimed
Amgaabazar Gonson 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 Ariunjargal Adiya ... Teacher's Assistant
Dogo Roljav Dogo Roljav ... Relative Aimak I
Chuluunzezeg Gur Chuluunzezeg Gur ... Relative Aimak II
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Botok Botok ... Baby Camel
Ingen Tenne Ingen Tenne ... Mother Camel
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Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life. Written by TNS

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Some fairy tales are true... some legends are real. See more »

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Official submission of Mongolia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) 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 | by emilybluntSee all my reviews

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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Country:

Germany | Mongolia

Language:

Mongolian

Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Aimak, Inner Mongolia, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,767, 6 June 2004

Gross USA:

$1,763,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,328,652
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1.85 : 1
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