The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel

  Hart is the life in the Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia: exhausted from a long and difficult birth mother of the violation, the camel nomads family Amgaa her newborn. Again and again the little white camel is making overtures to the mother, and again and again, it is violated. Lastly, the nomad family becomes the last resort attacks and reflects on an old ritual: A violinist from the city’s heart with his music will bewitch the recalcitrant camel mother and causing them to adopt again repudiated their child.

What sounds at first glance like an exotic and exotic tales, turns out on closer inspection, however, as reality. For the native of Mongolia, filmmaker Davaa and its Italian cameraman Luigi Falorni (incidentally, both graduates of the Munich Academy of Film and Television where she realized this film as thesis) attended seven weeks a nomadic family in Mongolia, as a living camel herders earn. Far from idealizing the unattached life succeed them to an equally exciting and impressive insight into the legends and the lives of the desert people – be they men or camels. The differences are negligible anyway, as the movie tells us, because even camels could cry …

interview with the filmmaker Davaa

How widespread is the lifestyle of the nomads in Mongolia? (# es), many families still live as nomads, but their number has declined significantly. In the past, families have produced everything themselves what they needed to live. That changes today. Many nomads are faced with the decision whether they want to continue living in the traditional way or can. Especially the younger people want in the city, they want to drink Coca-Cola and play Game Boy.

When did you first hear about the ritual music is one that we see in the film?) (# I grew up in the city, I am the first generation in my family who was born in the city. My grandparents were nomads, they went into the city. For my grandparents, the ritual music was still part of the normal daily life and was nothing special. If you drink a cup of tea every day and it is in your life, you will not necessarily tell your grandchildren.

From the ritual, I have not so learned from my grandparents, but through a film. The early eighties, I saw a movie about a mother camel who breach their foals. The film radiated a very special magical power. Many children have cried when they saw the film. I think I have cried the loudest: The camels are so sorry. The film has become firmly imprinted in my memory. Whenever there was talk of the Gobi Desert, arrived at the pictures from the movie in your head and it will stay that way.

What would become of the baby camel, when the musical ritual had not been applied or not would have worked?
The camel baby had not stopped crying. That no man could have endured. This heart-rending cry. Camels endure the very difficult separation of mother and child. You need to reappraise the trauma and to achieve the nomads through music, through singing.
Since I am dealing with the topic, has become familiar to me not a case where the ritual did not work. I have spoken with many nomads about it, but I never heard that it does not work.

Has the family seen the film?
I showed the nomad family film and I must say, I was at a decline has never been so excited as this. The family are in tears and they laughed too much. The great-grandmother had died a few months earlier. Ugna is very thoughtful when he saw his great-grandmother. His great grandfather was very sad about the death of his wife and said in his grief that he liked even without it no longer wants to live. It was very emotional. But they also laughed a lot. Little is young now grown tall and can speak. He was excited to see his grandmother and kept asking: “Is that at home? Or how ?”
(Interview by Andrea Kriegl)


The Story of the Weeping Camel Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2003 Length: Min 90 () Rental: Prokino

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