Zeitgeist Films | The Horse Boy
Michel Orion Scott, Rupert Isaacson
Film Info
93 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby SR
Rating: Not Rated

Official Selection 2009 Sundance Film Festival

How far would you travel to heal someone you love? An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him. When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin Neff, a psychology professor, sought the best possible medical care, but traditional therapies had little effect. Then they discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals—particularly horses—and the family set off on a quest that would change their lives forever.

Directed by Michel Orion Scott, The Horse Boy is part travel adventure, part insight into shamanic healing and part intimate look at the autistic mind. In telling one family’s extraordinary story, the film gives voice to the thousands who display amazing courage and creativity everyday in the battle against this mysterious and heartbreaking epidemic. The filmic companion to Isaacson’s best-selling book of the same name, and a festival favorite, this ravishing documentary odyssey gives insight into how, in life’s darkest moments, one can find the gateway to joy and wonder.

The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son, a book about the Isaacsons' experience, written by Rupert Isaacson, is now on sale.

Poster photos by O. Rufus Lovett and Justin Hennard.


The filmmakers’ website.

Read an article on the film in The Wall Street Journal.

Buy the book on Amazon.

An article about the book in The New York Times.

A related article in the Health section of The New York Times.

A video introduction to Rupert Isaacson and Michel Orion Scott.

To support the continuing work with special needs children and horses, please visit www.horseboyfoundation.org