Wednesday, July 26, 2006


The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel I just finished an Oscar nominated documentary called: "The Story of the Weeping Camel."

The film is quite fascinating. "The Story of the Weeping Camel" tells a story about a Mongolian family living in the Gobi (戈壁) Desert. One camel in the family had a hard time to deliver her first baby, and when a little rare white colt was finally born, the mother camel refused to let the little colt drink her milk. The family tries everything to make the mother, the weeping one, to accept her new born.

Although the film is in slow pace, it fits the lives in the desert and the story it's telling. I am so glad that I can observe these Mongolians' daily activities without having to suffer the sand storm day after day myself. These are the same people once concurred the largest contiguous land in world history. A few hundreds years later, most of them are still living as their ancestors used to live. But they also have their families and communities. However, changes are inevitable. The adorable little boy of the family got hooked with TV and cartoon programs when he traveled to an urban area by camel. His live will never be the same as his parents and grandparents.

Watching the film, I can't help but feel sad for those camels. Aren't they actually slaves? As soon as the colt is born, his leg is tied with a rope to a pole so he won't walk away. The whole purpose of his life is to serve the family.

The film keeps showing the mother camel's tears are dropping from the eyes which make a really touching image on the big screen, hence the weeping camel. But, is she really crying or just tears keeps coming out naturally?

My guess is that because camels need to wash out the sand from their eyes, so they have tears coming out their eyes all the time. Don't tell me that they actually have feelings and they are crying, my heart will really break apart. Just thinking about being a slave since the day you were born and have to live outside in a desert. If I were a camel, I would commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

My rating: 9 out of 10.

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