This documentary chronicles a family's journey to Mongolia for shamanic treatment for their son Rowan's autism.
The family's unorthodox approach to addressing their son's needs seems like a recipe for greater turmoil, but during their journey across Mongolia on horse back things begin to change.
The documentary portrays a personal solution for a family in crisis. It isn't a one-size-fits-all recommendation that Shamanic horse tours of Mongolia will cure autism. Instead, the film shows layers of parental expectation, self-recrimination, and concerns about social perception falling away. During this process, these parents can more clearly see their child and their own needs and desires.
The Horse Boy tells a complex story of quiet change and the remarkable gifts of intentional living.
The movie leaves me hungry for quiet engagement with my own family. I hope you will watch it tonight on PBS. It's also currently available on Netflix's live streaming and Amazon. Jim and I both have much more to say about it after it has aired, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
***Baby Toolkit isn't buying tickets to Mongolia any time soon, but these geek parents could certainly use a large dose of quiet perspective. Disclaimers: PBS sent us a free burned DVD of The Horse Boy for this review. We are not affiliated with PBS or the makers of this film. We are Amazon affiliates, so a portion of any purchases made through our links helps us get one step closer to our own corporate