College movie night spotlights desert life | TahoeDailyTribune.com

College movie night spotlights desert life

Lake Tahoe Community College At the Movies night will be showing “The Story of the Weeping Camel” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the LTCC Theater.

Set amid the vast and spectacular expanses of the Gobi Desert, “The Story of the Weeping Camel” is an exotic, emotionally charged, and visually stunning film about the loss of love and the struggle to win it back. Unlike most love stories, however, the main protagonists in this story are not human. Instead, an indifferent mother camel and her abandoned baby are at the center of a narrative non-fiction drama.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said this of the movie, “Here is a film that is about life itself, and about those few humans who still engage it at first hand.”

Set in contemporary Mongolia, this narrative documentary explores the interwoven destinies of a family of herders and the animals they raise in their desert home, specifically a vulnerable baby camel who cries for the attentions of his mother. The characters in the movie are real and they play themselves in a story inspired by their lives.

The movie begins in spring with the painful birth of a rare white camel calf. The camel mother refuses the colt and when bottle-feeding fails two of the brothers travel by camel some 50 kilometers to bring back a musician to perform a traditional ritual.

Legend has it that if a camel finally agrees to nurse her young, this will cause her to weep real tears. This is a story of people tied to their home, family, traditions and nature itself.

Box office opens at 6:45 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 general and $4 for seniors, children and students with an LTCC student body card. For more information call (530) 541-4660.


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