The horse boy

Original title: The horse boy
Director: Michel O. Scott
Country and year: USA / 2009
Genre: Documentary

Cast: Rowan Isaacson, Rupert Isaacson, Kristin Neff

The Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his family’s journey across this vast, wild landscape. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals, between different cultures, different ways of being (autistic versus normal, or ‘neuro-typical’), and the nature of healing. We 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 behaviour at Colorado State University, and Anthropologist and researcher Roy Richard Grinker of the George Washington University. But above all, The Horse Boy tells the story of a family that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.