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We are filming unsung camel cheese from Mongolia to Mauritania Nutrition, Taste, Tradition - what is the future? We say "Respect the Camel"
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What Took You So Long to find Camel Cheese?

Traveling by local transport through Central Asia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, our small team is documenting the stories behind this versatile animal and its unsung cheese. Stories from communities that rely on the camel or that have camels but don't utilise them for everything they can produce: milk, wool, felt, medicinal products, soap, transportation of whole yurts and, of course, CHEESE!
Filming from Mongolia to Mauritania it is our goal for audiences to learn about dairy cultures, respect the camel and see cheese as an art and a livelihood.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:

- We will produce a series of documentary episodes. We work with local media and TV as much as possible. Our Mongolia episode will premiere on NTV in Mongolia on September 23rd, 2010.

- A network of camel researchers and investors will be formed, allowing knowledge sharing and awareness building to continue to grow.

- Screenings, lectures and discussions based on the research and footage we collect will take place at key destinations worldwide. Plus we always screen it on the road so that camel herders can learn from one another.

WHERE WE HAVE GONE

Kenya, Somaliland, Mauritania (research). Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan (filming)

WHERE WE ARE GOING

Uzbekistan, Morocco, Mauritania, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Dubai, Turkmenistan, India

HOW WE GO

We travel by local transport and we always stay with locals.
Kickstarter funds will just pay for equipment, transport, and visas.

WHY WE GO?

We want people to respect the camel and use it for development of communities and health-related research. Right now camel populations are in huge decline worldwide as people reach for short term solutions, killing their animals to sell the meat or just not milking them at all.

Camel cheese is special because it's so difficult to make. The milk is special because it is the closest to human milk and is low in lactose, so not only is it good for allergy sufferers but breast-feeding babies can use it too.

"Camel milk is the new oil" - Alicia Sully. What this means is that when people 'discover' camel's milk and realize its potential for treating illnesses like HIV/Aids, diabetes, anemia, TB etc, or simply for its use as a health supplement, we can't guarantee that the benefits will go to the people who need it most - the nomadic communities and herders.

We will create a web, or network, of camel and cheese experts around the world who can work together to share knowledge and build awareness about the decline of the camel, and how to utilize this extremely useful animal.

WHO IS IN SEARCH OF THE UNSUNG CHEESE?

- The Film Team -

Alicia Sully (alicia@whattookyousolong.org)
Sebastian Lindstrom (sebastian@whattookyousolong.org)
Philippa Young (philippa@whattookyousolong.org)

- Crew in Mongolia & China -

Patrick Bostrom (patrick@whattookyousolong.org)
Sebastian Bond (sebastian@snowtrip.se)
Fabian Wittleben (fabian.wittleben@web.de)

- The Support Team -

Max Gluxman (max@whattookyousolong.org)
Tim Prichard (tim@whattookyousolong.org)
Rebecca Kuntz (kuntzr@gmail.com)

- Advisory Board -

Carlos Yescas
Currently working on developing guidelines to award collective trademarks to artisanal cheeses in Mexico. His initial cheese training was at Sheridan's Cheesemongers in Galway, Ireland. He regularly teaches on Cheese Politics and History in North America. Carlos served as one of the International Supreme Judges at the World Cheese Awards held in the Canary Island in October 2009. He is also completing a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He loves cheese.
Email: cyescas@gmail.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CarlosYescas
Website: http://www.lactography.com

Shebana Coelho
Shebana Coelho is a producer of television and radio documentaries and
a writer. Her documentary work has been broadcast on American Public
Television, National Public Radio, The Discovery Channel and BBC Radio
Four. She received a 2004 Fiction Fellowship from the New York
Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 2005 Jerome Foundation Emerging
Artist's Fellowship and 2007 Fulbright grant to Mongolia to experience
and record life in nomadic communities. She is currently working on a
travel memoir.
Email: shebana@aol.com
Website: http://nomadicencounters.blogspot.com/

FEATURED IN KICKSTARTER VIDEO

Dairy Technology Professor Shalo of Egerton University in Kenya
www.egerton.ac.ke

Holger Marbach, Managing Director of Vital Camel Milk Ltd. in Nanyuki, Kenya
www.vitalcamelmilk.com

Happy Cow Kenya, "Cheesemakers from Holland," in Nakuru, Kenya
www.happycowkenya.com

Historian Mohammed in Hargeisa, Somaliland

WTYSL Shoot in Papua New Guinea

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    You+Cheese painting: One of our creative film-making-cheese-loving crew will use a photo of you and the cheese of your choice to make an awesome painting and send it to you!

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