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The Horse Boy -- The journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman who they believe can heal their autistic son.

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18 November 2011 (Germany) See more »
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How far would you travel to heal someone you love? See more »
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OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(15 articles)
War Horse
 (From Scorecard Review. 6 January 2012, 7:56 AM, PST)

Autism on film: can cinema get it right?
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 4 April 2011, 8:39 AM, PDT)

A Mother's Courage
 (From GreenCine. 27 October 2010, 11:20 AM, PDT)

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A modern day autistic adventure that puts autism where it needs to be. See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Rupert Isaacson ... Himself - Narrator
Kristin Neff ... Herself
Rowan Isaacson ... Himself
Kendal Stewart ... Himself (as Dr. Kendal Stewart)

Temple Grandin ... Herself (as Dr. Temple Grandin)
Dale Rudin ... Herself (as Dr. Dale Rudin)
Simon Baron-Cohen ... Himself (as Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen)
Roy Richard Grinker ... Himself (as Dr. Roy Richard Grinker)

Directed by
Michel Orion Scott 
 
Produced by
Rupert Isaacson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kim Carroll 
Lili Haydn 
 
Cinematography by
Michel Orion Scott 
 
Film Editing by
Rita K. Sanders 
 
Sound Department
Justin Hennard .... location sound
Matt Ludwick .... sound re-recording mixer
Gabe Sandoval .... recording engineer: studio narration
Charlie Uniform Tango .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Bailey .... second camera
Alex Daboub .... additional camera
Michelle Green .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Bahr .... editing intern
Mike Curtis .... post-production consultant
Alex Daboub .... editing intern
Troy Gonzales .... editing intern
Michelle Green .... assistant editor
Kyle Henry .... post-production consultant
Jared Ravens .... color correctionist
 
Transportation Department
B. Dagvadorj .... driver: Mongolia
Gambat .... driver: Mongolia
N. Khadbaatar .... driver: Mongolia
Tsedee .... driver: Mongolia
 
Other crew
Ts. Amartuvshin .... horse guide: crew 2
Chimeddavaa .... horse guide: crew 1
Zolzaya Dashzeveg .... cook
A. Bold Erdene .... horse quide: crew 2
D. Gambold .... horse guide: crew 1
T. Ganzorig .... horse guide: crew 2
Undarmaa Gold .... additional translator
Ch. Odkhuu .... horse guide: crew 2
B. Oidov .... horse quide: crew 1
Batbayar Oidov .... horse guide: crew 1
Batjargal Oidov .... horse guide: crew 1
Tulga Otgonbaatar .... guide: Mongolian
Tulga Otgonbaatar .... translator: Monlogial
Naranbold Radnaabazar .... assistant: Mongolian guide and translator
Adam Rosenbloom .... location production assistant
G. Tsogtbayar .... horse guide: crew 2
 
Thanks
Brandon Gonzalez .... special thanks
Rowan Isaacson .... special thanks
Rupert Isaacson .... special thanks
Judy Klain .... special thanks
Kristin Neff .... special thanks
Stafford O'Neal .... special thanks
PJ Raval .... special thanks
 

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USA:93 min
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Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Germany:o.Al. | USA:Unrated
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A modern day autistic adventure that puts autism where it needs to be., 22 September 2009
Author: Toadinthehole from United Kingdom

This is an excellent documentary with a message about the need for diversity in which an autistic boy with a love of animals is the main focus.

A young couple and their autistic four year old boy Rowan take a pilgrimage to a sacred lake at the heart of the great Mongolian Plain where tradition has it, shamans still practice ancient healing rituals that may help heal their son of his autism. Rowan seems keen enough, but are they barking up the wrong tree?

As we take the journey with them so we start to understand what the boy's parents are really up against. Who are they and why are they making such a public show of their autistic son? Do they have something important to say to justify their family adventure? The answer is yes.

Their energy, determination and openness throughout the whole film is spoken to a friendly and compassionate camera and having previously documented the plight of the Bushmen, Rowan's father is clearly going to be in his element. But is it just another documentary for him?

Rowan's father is clearly on familiar territory as a journalist having previously visited remote tribes and other remote parts of the world, but here he is completely unable to walk away from the subject matter like any other a job; here his hands are tied. Why are we doing it? How will it end? Are we crazy subjecting ourselves and our son to such(public) expectations? We share their doubt.

For me the wild landscape of the high Mongolian Plain captured perfectly the wilderness and inner vulnerability of dealing with autism in the modern world. From start to finish one wonders where will it end and marvels at how Rowan's parents cope. Amazing stamina but sustained by true love and compassion.

The films greatest strength is its vulnerability; for this is no easy fiction. A film which could so easily have fallen into the modern day pit of an obsession for awkward personal exposure resounds with love where personal revelation reaches far wider and may touch you as much as it did me.

Well paced and nicely edited this is a motion picture about autism that had to be made and has to be seen, that puts the vital worth back into autism as part of the greater diversity of our expansive human soul.

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