Tuesday, January 24, 2006

the weeping camel

I watched The Story of the Weeping Camel tonight. It is a beautiful documentary about life in Mongolia's Gobi desert.

Shot during camel calf delivery season in the spring, the movie captures the daily activities and traditions of four generations of a Nomadic family and its herd of goats, sheep and camels.

The family lives in a camp of 3 yerts, and filmmakers Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni shoot stunning wide-angel footage inside their small but colorful homes. The outdoor footage is even more spectacular, but it is Ingen Temee (the mother camel) and Botok (a rare white calf) that provide the subtle but moving story.

Of the excellent set of movies nominated for best documentary Academy Awards in 2004 (a group that includes Super Size Me and winner Born into Brothels), The Story of the Weeping Camel might be my favorite, and it is certainly highly recommended.

Additional links: Movie trailer, Photo gallery, Rotten Tomatoes review
Special bonus: The Cave of the Yellow Dog, the latest film from Byambasuren Davaa


At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading about these interesting documentaries makes me think of one I just recently discovered: "Genghis Blues". It is a bit older--from 1995ish--but I just ran into it. Check it out sometime.

At 11:58 PM, Blogger paul said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I checked the film's website and it has won a ton of awards. The story looks very interesting.


Post a Comment

<< Main page