The Horse Boy
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, The Horse Boy is part travel adventure, part insight into shamanic tradition and part intimate look at the autistic mind. It is the remarkable story of Rowan Isaacson- a severely autistic child who begins to find solace through a special bond that he forms with horses.
Rowan's parents take him to Mongolia, where horseriding originated, and where shamanism - healing at its most raw and direct - is widespread. The Horse Boy follows Rupert, Kristin and Rowan on this journey. From the wild open Steppe to the sacred Lake Sharga and deep into Siberia, they are tested to their limits individually, and as a family.
The film includes interviews with some of the foremost experts in the field of autism, including luminaries from Cambridge University, George Washington University and Colorado State University.
Their opinions provide unique insight into one of the most misunderstood, yet rapidly increasing conditions in the world. One in 150 births suffer from some form of autism, it is the fastest-growing developmental disability globally and associated care costs are on the rise.
Moving, mysterious, candid and beautifully photographed, The Horse Boy has screened at film festivals worldwide and was nominated for The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year. It is an extraordinary debut from filmmaker Michel Orion Scott.