Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
EXTRA The Story of the Weeping Camel
2003 - 93 mins - Mongolia/Germany
Sat 12 Mar 2005 at 8.30pm
Astor Cinema, Scariff
Midnight Court Rating: 5.0 (1 votes)
Storyline: Due to phenomenal demand, we are screening an extra showing of this wonderful film on Saturday 12 March at 4.30pm. Children's prices (under 14) of €4 will apply to the early screening only. If there is sufficient demand, we will also screen again at 7pm. Call 087 6411764 after 2pm to confirm the later time. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE TIME OF 8.30PM IS INCORRECT
Verdicts from the Midnight Court
Desert of Gobi.
Din of the desert, din of the sea, alike, overwhelming. Hearing it for the first time, you get aghast. Always disturbing. The sky and the sea, the sky and the desert, that much. World is no more. Or it’s somewhere, far away. Or is it the beginning of the Universe? Was Creation an illusion? And that moment of time, before time, just before the beginning of everything, is for now on the only moment, prolonged into Eternity? Or is it that World disappeared, and we are in the moment after, for now on the only moment, prolonged into Eternity?
Din of sea waves, water swiping, endless in space and time, ready to crush you. Din of desert waves, sand swiping, endless in space and time, ready to crush you.
Din of the desert, din of the sea, you are overwhelmed, for you feel alone in face of God.
The sky and the water, the sky and the sand. That much. The boat, a toy at the mercy of waves. You take care of it, it’ll take care of you. You are brother with your boat. And your buds, sailors as you are, simple and fierce.
On the desert, camel is your boat. A toy at the mercy of the waves of sand. You take care of it, it’ll take care of you. You are brother with your camel. And your buds, nomadic herdsmen as you are, simple and fierce.
Desert. People and animals together, understanding each other, brethren. People and animals, living together the great and the small miracles of life. People, camels, goats, dogs, horses. Noah? Abraham?
Miracle of birth. A brood comes to the world. Pregnancy was arduous. Labor was arduous. Mother can die, brood can die. Secret of life intertwined with the secret of death. One hovers about the other.
Brood of man, brood of camel, miracles of life are alike.
Overwhelmed by pregnancy, overwhelmed by labor, a mother can loose herself. Mother – woman, mother – camel, she will get alienated from her brood. Who’s this small nothing who’s coming to suck me? Get away, what do you want from me? Who are you?
Estrangement. Nature has its legitimates. Mother can loose her legitimates.
What should you do? Take care of the brood. Feed him. Brood of man, brood of camel. He is to live, to carry life further.
What should we do? Take care of the mother. Try to bring her relief. Help her to find herself again. Talking to her, cherishing her, singing incantations.
We bring a priest, lighten candles, offer alms. Rituals, each with meaning.
Maybe it’s not enough. Maybe there is need of a healer. Someone goes through the desert, to look for the healer, who’s far away.
And the healer comes, he’s a musician, he’s got a violin and knows an old charm.
And he’s playing the violin, singing the charm.. Singing, and singing.
And the camel is listening. Her eyes look somewhere far away. Long time ago she borrowed her crown to a deer, and she’s been looking for him since. Or maybe she’s waiting for God. She asked him to put her in the horoscope, and he didn’t. But he took a part from each animal from the horoscope and gave it to the camel.
And the healer is singing, and singing.
And suddenly the camel seems to understand. She starts to sweep. And the brood starts to suck with determination.
Estrangement and relief. The great miracle of life, for people, for animals, alike.
There, on sea, on desert, the essence remains. The fundamentals. We and God.
Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel, a German-Mongolian documentary.
Din of the desert, din of the sea, alike, overwhelming. Birth, estrangement, reconciliation. The great miracles of life.
A fundamental movie.
Mon 14 Mar 2005