18 January 2021, 12:00 pm
Programme Type
Films and Exhibitions


The Story of the Weeping Camel (Mongolia/Germany/ Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel)(93 min; 2003; Mongolian with English subtitles)

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni

Multiple award winner including Audience Award & SIGNIS Award – Special Mention, Buenos Aires International Film Festival of Independent Cinema 2004; Audience Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004; FIPRESCI Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival 2004; among others

Combining drama and documentary, The Story of the Weeping Camel is a lovingly observed and fascinating journal of day-to-day survival in the Mongolian Gobi desert. For a family of herders who happily eke out their living in this remote dustbowl, crisis comes in the shape of a newborn camel rejected by its mother after an agonising birth. They undertake to rear the calf by hand, but the longer he's denied his mother's milk, the more likely it is the little camel will die.