Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Horse Boy: One Family’s Experience with Autism (Airs Tuesday, May 11, on PBS)

How far would you go to heal the one you love? That’s the question we’re asked in the new documentary, The Horse Boy, based on a New York Times bestseller of the same name. In this case, the person in need of “healing” is a little boy named Rowan who has autism. This remarkable story, which I had the pleasure to preview in its entirety, features Rupert and Kristina, who travel with their son to remote regions of Mongolia in search of answers and perhaps even a cure for Rowan’s condition. When Rowan shows a special affinity for and calmness around horses at home in Texas, his parents decide to seek out the shamans of Mongolia, the only place in the world known to combine horses and healing. What follows is a treacherous and difficult journey through rugged and remote terrain -- a trip that many predicted would be a misguided and fruitless attempt to help Rowan. Was this a foolish quest or a miracle in the making? Watch the following trailer for The Horse Boy.

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This movie not only tells the story of Rowan and his family, but also raises greater questions about autism. In Mongolia, Rowan is accepted and even treasured for his differences. He is seen not as broken, but as unique. Lacking skills in some areas, he has remarkable abilities in others. And, like many autistic people, he is often a puzzle to those around him, but he has a lot to teach those of us who are considered “normal.”

The Horse Boy will air next Tuesday, May 11, 2010, on the PBS series Independent Lens at 10 PM EST. Visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/horse-boy/ to learn how the movie was made, meet the filmmaker, and purchase the DVD. I encourage you to watch it with your children (tape it if it’s after your kids’ bedtime or get the DVD), and start a family discussion about children with special needs, unconditional love, or different cultures and ways of life. This is a movie that the whole family should experience together.


The Horse Boy website: www.horseboymovie.com
PBS page on The Horse Boy:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/horseboymovie

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this documentary to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a Wonderful movie with a Great message to watch with the girl's!

    Thanks for the "heads up" :)


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