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Still shot from the movie: The Story of the Weeping Camel.

The Story of the Weeping Camel

Shooting in the Gobi desert this documentary/drama follows a three-generation family of herders who face a crisis when one of their camels rejects its colt.The rare white offspring is weak and in need of its mother's milk, warmth and care. But there is a time-honored cure for this problem -- all they need to do is to make the mother camel weep. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Theater Release: 03 Jun 2004
Video Release: 24 Jan 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Many of the scenes in this film were filmed as they naturally occurred, including the birth of the white camel, and its mother’s rejection. (You can read the details of this fascinating account on the film’s website.) Other aspects of the story and minor transitions between scenes were acted. What does this tell you about our ability, as a viewer, to distinguish fact from fiction in media?

The young boy in this family yearns for a television. Another character comments on how, in the big city, kids play video games all day. Do you think this family’s lack of media appliances (televisions, games, music) has affected them in a positive or negative way? How do you think their life may change after the introduction of a television?

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