Film – The Story of the Weeping Camel

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The Story of the Weeping Camel is a beautiful little film about a nomadic family in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. When one of their camels rejects her newborn calf, the family summons a violinist from a neighboring village to play music to the mother camel to coax her into accepting her calf. The baby camel, rejected by his mama, is truly pitiful – crying all of the time, alone and abandoned, while all of the other baby camels are nuzzled and cared for by their mothers. It cannot get enough milk being hand fed by the family and will die if its mother continues to reject it. I guess what is so startling about this story is the contrast between the simple, straightforward lives of the herders and our busy modern Western lives. The family sends their two young sons, perhaps ages 7 and 10, on a two day journey by themselves on camel back to get the musician.

Beautiful, quiet, touching story.

Film – Together

Saw a wonderful film tonight – “Together” – at a special showing. It opens this Friday at the Bridge Theatre on Geary in San Francisco. From the flyer:

Xiaochun, a 13-year old talented violinist, lives with his father in a provincial Chinese city. Shy and sensitive, the boy expresses his feelings through his music. Because his sweet-natured father wants the best for him, they move to metropolitan Beijing so the boy can take lessons that befit his talent. But Xiaochun’s new world is unlike any he’s known: he meets new and demanding teachers, discovers true friendship, and learns the ecstasy and pain of first love. Directed by Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, The Emperor and the Assassin, Temptress Moon). In Mandarin Chinese; fully subtitled in English.

This is a touching, lovely film. Had me crying. I highly recommend it.