Saturday, April 2, 2005

Weeping Camel

Netflix is pretty cool.  For a tiny bit less than
$3/movie I can rent 4 movies per month.  Last time it was Shark Tale.
This time it was The Story of the Weeping Camel (NY Times review here).



I liked this one.  It is the story of a Mongolian family in the Gobi
Desert.  They raise camels and sheep.  They shear the camels and make
rope out of the fiber... all by hand without electricity.



One Spring the last camel to give birth is a first time mother and
has a hard time, but the colt is born alive.  The mother rejects the
baby.  They try everything they can think of to get the mother
to accept the colt but she will have none of it.  After days of trying,
the colt is getting weaker and the two young sons ride miles to a music
school in order to ask the violinist to come perform a musical ritual.
The boys' mother sings to the mother camel and the violinist plays.
The mother camel is soothed and finally accepts the colt.  It was very
touching.



This one is another good movie... in Mongolian with English subtitles.



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