I finished watching a movie that was so moving and beautiful I felt compelled to share it. It is kind of like a documentary, as in the families,
people and plot are all real, but it is coupled with extraordinary cinematography of these Mongolian people living next to the Gobi desert. The
animal story within is moving and inspiring, but the movie also provides a juxtaposition of tradition and progress between the village and town.
Watching the movie, especially at the beginning, is like watching a still life painting in motion, so the pace is slow, but that experience is kind of
refreshing as far as a movie goes. Such vast landscapes and skies, and such a simple and pure existence is awe inspiring.
I thought this was educational in providing a peek into the Mongolian culture and Gobi desert, with an animal story that is sure to move thee(to
joyful tears). Haunting beauty, human struggles and triumph, with a dash of animal affinity.
I highly recommend watching this movie, it is a one of s kind gem! It would make a great Sunday watch with the family.
The Story of the Weeping Camel - trailer - Mongolia
I wish the google vid had better res, because seeing it clearly is a better experience, but this movie is hard to find for viewing without ordering
ETA: Better res at youtube, in 8 parts: www.youtube.com...
I might add this movie is a good exercise in attention span, and unfolds at a graceful pace, but to me it was a refreshing change from 3 second flash
segments. This movie really puts you there in the scene, open desert and wide skies, and within the native dwellings and with their families. I am
glad I saw it on film, just in case I never make it there to see in person.....
edit on 18-9-2010 by speculativeoptimist because: cg
I flicked through will have a proper watch of it tomorrow.
Very peaceful lifestyle and they all seem to be in synch to nature and the earth..
We could learn so much from these types of cultures.. we really need to get back to who we are and out of these societies...
Thank you for breathing some life into this thread nakiannunaki, I really thought some folks here would enjoy this. it is quite the "still life"
cinema, expansive, and slow paced, reflecting the lifestyle's there. There's not much action, but it is an excellent peer into the social structure
and customs. It also shows the struggle between maintaining tradition and incorporating some aspects of modern societies. The camel part is pretty
moving too, and I'll admit, welled up my eyes a bit, but in a joyous way. I would try and rent this one instead of watch it on utube/google, because
the resolution makes a huge difference in the viewing experience.
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