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Buck

Win­ner of the U.S. Doc­u­men­tary Audi­ence Award at 2011 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val and 10 oth­er awards in 2011 and 2012

Buck (direct­ed by Cindy Meehl) “Your horse is a mir­ror to your soul, and some­times you may not like what you see. Some­times, you will.”  So says Buck Bran­na­man, a true Amer­i­can cow­boy and sage on horse­back who trav­els the coun­try for nine gru­el­ing months a year help­ing hors­es with peo­ple prob­lems. Buck, a rich­ly tex­tured and visu­al­ly stun­ning film, fol­lows Bran­na­man from his abu­sive child­hood to his phe­nom­e­nal­ly suc­cess­ful approach to hors­es. A real-life “horse-whis­per­er,” he eschews the vio­lence of his upbring­ing and teach­es peo­ple to com­mu­ni­cate with their hors­es through lead­er­ship and sen­si­tiv­i­ty, not punishment.

Buck pos­sess­es near mag­i­cal abil­i­ties as he dra­mat­i­cal­ly trans­forms hors­es – and peo­ple – with his under­stand­ing, com­pas­sion and respect. In this film, the ani­mal-human rela­tion­ship becomes a metaphor for fac­ing the dai­ly chal­lenges of life. A tru­ly Amer­i­can sto­ry about an unsung hero, Buck is about an ordi­nary man who has made an extra­or­di­nary life despite tremen­dous odds.

Released in 2011
Run­ning time: 88 minutes

12:30 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at SJCT’s Whit­ti­er Theater
5:30 pm on Sat., Nov 7th at  Fri­day Har­bor House