Desert Tree, a video by Maria Korporal © 2010

The video is part of the project Korporal Zoo, a series of short movies which deal with the relationship between animals and human beings studied from several prospectives: cultural, social, environmental.
Desert Tree, is based on a Mongolian legend about camels, and refers to the environmental problem.
The Mongolian legend goes like this:
Many years ago, God gave antlers to the camel, as a reward for the goodness of its heart. But one day a rogue deer came and asked the camel to lend him his antlers. He wanted to adorn himself with them for a celebration in the west of the country. The camel trusted the deer and gave him his antlers. But the deer never brought them back. Since then, the camels keep gazing at the horizon and still await the deer's return.

Il video fa parte del ciclo Korporal Zoo: una serie di brevi video che trattano il rapporto tra animali e esseri umani da diversi punti di vista – culturale, sociale, ambientale.
Il video Desert Tree si ispira a una leggenda dalla Mongolia:
In un’epoca lontana il cammello era dotato di un paio di splendide corna di cui andava molto fiero. Un giorno un cervo gliele chiese in prestito e lui non seppe rifiutargliele, con la promessa che gli venissero restituite presto: ma il cervo non gliele riportò mai. Da allora i cammelli non fanno che starsene fermi in attesa, guardando l’orizzonte nella speranza di veder arrivare il cervo con le loro corna.

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