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The Horse Boy

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The Horse Boy
Michel O. Scott, 2008
Jan 8, 2010–Jan 21, 2010
“A lyrical, heartbreaking, and deeply stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.”—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Audience Award Winner, 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival

An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, the extraordinary and thought-provoking documentary The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him. When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin Neff, a psychology professor, sought the best possible medical care, but traditional therapies had little effect. Then they discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals—particularly horses—and the family set off on a quest that would change their lives forever.

Directed by Michel Orion Scott, The Horse Boy is both a family’s travel adventure in a remote land and also an intimate look at the autistic mind. In telling one family’s extraordinary story, the film gives voice to the thousands who display amazing courage and creativity everyday in the battle against this mysterious and heartbreaking epidemic. The filmic companion to Isaacson’s best-selling book of the same name, and a festival favorite, this ravishing odyssey gives insight into how, in life’s darkest moments, one can find the gateway to joy and wonder.

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