Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Don't Miss The Horse Boy Tonight on PBS' Independent Lens

Tonight on PBS, Independent Lens will feature The Horse Boy.

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 jet kick scooter.

1 comment:

Francie said...

Hey! Thanks for sharing. I'm so interested in this program. Read about the documentary a month or so ago & have been eagerly anticipating it!

Watched documentary Autism: The Musical a month ago & would highly recommend it, as well.


Borrowed Autism: The Musical from our public library. After viewing it myself, I shared selected parts of it with my older children, ages 9 & 7. They have several children with autism in their lives. They enjoyed what I shared, but some of the content is more mature (discussing the effect upon family's life, i.e. parents' relationships) than I felt I needed to share with them yet. But I wholeheartedly recommend the whole thing for adults/teens. :)