Friday, January 4, 2013 - 8:00pm - 9:33pm
Cinema Curiosa, a Traverse Area District Library film series dedicated to experimental, archival and uncompromising documentary titles that challenge and enrich, is pleased to present The Horse Boy. The harrowing story of an autistic child named Rowan his parents' and their journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. The film delves into the world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or "neuro-typical"), and the nature of healing. Audiences 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, a high functioning autistic and professor of animal behavior at Colorado State University; and anthropologist and researcher Roy Richard Grinker of George Washington University. But above all, The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.
βAn extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.β Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times