The Horse Boy, directed by Michel Orion Scott, follows a Texas couple as they search for a successful therapy for their sons autism.
By the age of two, Rowan Isaacson began to show signs of autism, including severe tantrums and difficult potty training. Once diagnosed, Rowans parents tried every form of Western medication and treatment with no success. It wasnt until Rowan unexpectedly encountered a mare owned by the Isaacsons neighbors that the family discovered a potential therapy for their son. After researching traditional healing, Rowans father began searching for a place that combined horses and shamanic healing, which led the Isaacsons on a month-long trek in Mongolia.
The film explores the familys unforgettable journey as they travel halfway across the world in search of a miracle to heal their autistic son. The Horse Boy blends footage from the familys adventure through the Mongolian countryside with scenes from their life at home in Texas and captures an astonishing physical and spiritual journey.
The screening will be held in the Murphy Building, located on the Hendrix campus at the corner of Washington Avenue and Winfield Street in Conway. Refreshments will be provided, and parking is available in lots adjacent to Bailey Library. Attendees may register to win a free book of The Horse Boy to be given away at the screening. For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit www.aetn.org/engage.
Following the screening, a community discussion will be held with panelists from Hearts & Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center and the Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center, a division of Partners for Inclusive Communities and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The Horse Boy will air Sunday, May 16, at 11 p.m. on AETN.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the countrys best 371 colleges, was identified as the nations top Up and Coming liberal arts college for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 44 Best Buy colleges by the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.
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