The Story of the Weeping Camel is an enchanting film that follows the adventures of a family of herders in Mongolia’s Gobi region who face a crisis when the mother camel unexpectedly rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth.
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A Mongolian shepherd's family uses an ancient rite to make a female camel stop rejecting her colt - but it may be the last time this happens because the acquisition of a TV set announces civilization. A marginally fictionized documentary on a disappearing community that eventually becomes a believable, occasionally moving modern fairytale.
When they talk about blending documentary with fiction, it usually leans on the side of the former. The common signs of fabulation are present on a formal level, and I would like to ask if this is trying to suggest that fables actualize themselves in ways that have nothing to do with fiction. And who expected to watch a camel give birth? In their lifetime? And in the context of watching a hit international movie?