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Synopsis: Humans have long felt a deep connection to the horse. Over the centuries, our natural bond with this amazing animal has been lost. Today, scientists and horse lovers across the world are rediscovering that connection and the liberation it can bring, not just to the horse, but to ourselves.
On a journey guided by horses across Europe and the Americas, come and explore new ways of communicating – a quest for true, authentic connection.

Genre

Horse therapy

Rated

N/R

Run Time

73 minutes

Directed by

Leila A. Pages

Director's Bio

As a child, Leïla dreamed of riding free on horseback in the wilderness. But when she finds herself at twenty three, working twelve hours day in Paris, spending all day in front of a computer screen, she wonders…what happened to her childhood dreams?

One day, she finally decides to leave it all to embark on a journey to follow her passion and ride and tame horses. From the arid plains of Patagonia to the jungles of Costa Rica, Leïla wants to answer some big questions: What if horses were the way to understand freedom? What if, by freeing horses from all their restraints, we could find our own track to freedom?

On her travels, she discovered numerous equine specialists who have created a harmonious and, at times, surprising relationship with horses without restraint or violence. As she starts connecting with horses without any tools, Leïla shares her ups and downs, failures, moments of discouragement and doubts. Each country represents a step, a new piece of the puzzle to understand what horses can help us with and how to have a more harmonious relationship with them and ourselves. Thanks to different approaches (classic riding, Natural Horsemanship, Equine Facilitated Learning…), Leïla discovers a new part of herself during each step. The more she frees the horses from their restraints, the more she feels the change in herself.

Follow Leïla’s own journey to freedom as she connects some of the leading alternative voices in this new way of thinking and brings them to her audience in an inspiring way.

Awards

EQUUS FIlm Festival - USA - 2017

WINNIE

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2017

Country of Origin

Costa Rica

Production Year

2016

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