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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:58 AM
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"The Horse Boy"
The Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his parents' journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or "neuro-typical"), and the nature of healing. Audiences hear the varied theories on autism from the experts in the field, well-known researchers of autism such as Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University; Dr. Temple Grandin, recovered autist and professor of animal behavior at Colorado State University; and anthropologist and researcher Roy Richard Grinker of George Washington University. But above all, The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.

A Father/Son Story
More and more films are being made about the vital role that fathers play in the development of their children. Society is entering a new era of parenting, when fathers, instead of being emotionally distant breadwinners, are stepping up to the plate of direct, hands-on parenting. The special bond between father and son is one of the greatest gifts life can offer. The Horse Boy tells this story.

http://www.horseboymovie.com/Film.php



Official Selection, 2009 Sundance Film Festival

How far would you travel to heal someone you love? An intensely personal yet an epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in a desperate attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing. When 2-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 for their son — 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 for a possible cure.

http://www.horseboymovie.com/synopsis.php
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:49 PM
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1. Wow. I hope you all will watch the trailer.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 12:56 PM by Why Syzygy
I just had a chance to do so. *tingles*

http://www.horseboymovie.com/Film.php

Especially for those of you who own horses and/or love horses.
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:22 PM
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2. sounds wonderful
everywhere we look - positive changes...

one step at a time
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:34 PM
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3. I don't recall where...
but I have read opinions from spiritualists that the autistic children are here to teach us.
This is certainly a story about that. I'm still getting tingles talking about it!
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gblady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:09 PM
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4. It is an amazing book.....
I actually listened to the audio version because the recording was available first from my library.
It is read by the author, who is the father of Rowen. I'm so glad I heard it because there was a lot
of vocal inflection that I would not have gotten from reading it. I anxiously await the documentary film.
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