Caravan of the Books––Kenya’s Mobile Camel Library
(50 minutes) Kenya
Director/Producer: Herbert Ostwald
A library on four legs––the world’s only existing camel library is located in Northern Kenya. As they pass antelopes and giraffes, the heavily loaded caravan of camels are routinely carrying books through the rough savannah. In villages marked by houses of mud and dung the nomadic Muslim tribes who live there await these tenacious desert ships. Under the shade of acacia trees, the children excitedly turn the pages of schoolbooks, novels and comics. Mainly for young girls it is the only source of education in the traditional world of the Somali tribe. The documentary not only follows the leading camel “Gellow” on its mission, but also a young Kenyan illustrator who creates a children’s book about the world’s only camel library.
Herbert Ostwald is a German filmmaker who has been working in media since 1987. Over the years he has been involved in radio, print news, TV and film. His credits include Adventure Earth: Really Wild?, A Tooth for a Tooth, Hare Tales, The Tree of the Trees and Mount Kenya––The Heart of Africa, to name a few, for which he has won numerous awards.
Marco Polo Film AG
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