New Internationalist

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

March 2007

Coming from the makers of the Story of the Weeping Camel, this semi-documentary film set in rural Mongolia is just pure high-altitude delight. A captivating commentary-free story of nomadic family life, it brilliantly conveys the lives and feelings of the people at its heart and the intricate beauty of their threatened culture. The story is simple: small girl finds dog and wants to keep him; her nomadic herder parents aren’t so keen as the dog may have been living with wolves and picked up some of their habits. The family interactions are subtle, complex and heartwarming; the narrative spare, yet full of quiet drama and tension. This film will transport you to a real and fascinating world, about as far away from the fast-moving, action-packed, vacuous pap of the multimillion-dollar mainstream as you can get.

This column was published in the March 2007 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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