The Story of the Weeping Camel


The Story of the Weeping Camel  is a 2003 German produced documentary.

About the Film:

Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white calf. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, coldly refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, in search of a musician…

Finally a violinist is summoned to the camp and a breathtaking ritual is performed. The archaic sound of the horse-head violin along with the melodic singing of one of the women find a way into the mother camel’s heart: when her young is brought to her again, she breaks into tears and finally allows it the milk it needs to survive.



Nominated Best Documentary, Academy Award Oscars

Award: Directors Guild of America / Best Documentary


Nomination:    First Steps Award

Nomination:    European Film Prize, European Film Academy Documentary – Prix Arte

Entry:                Golden Globe, USA


Entry:                  76. Annual Academy Awards, category best foreign film (Oscars), USA

Nomination:      “Best Documentary”: German Film Prize Awards (June 2004)

Nomination:       Directors Guild of America (DAG): Directors Falorni & Davaa

Award:                        “Best Documentary” Miami International Film Festival

Award:                        “International Critics Prize”, San Francisco International Film Festival

Award:                        “Audience Award”, Buenos Aires Festival International de Cine Independiente

Directed by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni


HFF – Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, München.