The Story of the Weeping Camel
Welcome to this semester's first showing in our ethnographic film series! In this visually stunning and engaging movie, we follow a nomadic family in the Mongolian Gobi desert and their attempts to get a mother camel to accept her newborn young.
In this ethnographic film series, we explore different aspects of what it means to be human. Moving beyond just a focus on the human species, we look closer at our interactions with others and our surrounding environment, revealing how we shape and are shaped by non-human, materialities, histories and conditions around us.
This week's theme: The Animals We Live With
Film Title: The Story of the Weeping Camel (Germany, 2004), 87 min.
Directors: Byambasuren Davaa & Luigi Falorni
The Story of the Weeping Camel” tells the story of nomadic sheepherders living in the Mongolian Gobi desert and a rare white newborn camel colt rejected by his mother. When the colt’s health deteriorates, one herding family decides to carry out a musical ritual to bring back the camel’s maternal instinct. Riding on camelback, two brothers therefore journey to a distant town to recruit a master violinist all the while offering the viewer an insight into the everyday lives of these nomadic herders as they share their meals, socialize, and work.
Filmene blir vist i Auditorium 1 på HumSam-biblioteket i Georg Sverdrups hus (Universitetsbiblioteket). Det vil bli skiltet godt utenfor og i biblioteket hver gang.