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Taming Wild

Screened at the 2015 Seat­tle FIFF Cen­ter The­ater and the Cinebar The­atre in Issaquah

Tam­ing Wild — A Girl and a Mus­tang (direct­ed by Elsa Sin­clair) fol­lows the jour­ney of Myr­nah, a wild mus­tang with her own mind, strength and sense of inde­pen­dence, and Elsa, a train­er who used only body lan­guage — no ropes, hal­ters, bri­dles or sad­dles. After adopt­ing Myr­nah through the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment, the San Juan Island horse­woman began a year of exper­i­men­tal train­ing based on free­dom, free will and coop­er­a­tion. The film doc­u­ments this extra­or­di­nary process, show­ing the devel­op­ment of the rela­tion­ship between horse and train­er. Doc­u­ment­ed against the lush and beau­ti­ful back­drop of San Juan Island, the results of the exper­i­ment sur­passed all expec­ta­tions. “Hors­es, train­ing and life on the whole is becom­ing more and more about coop­er­a­tion and less and less about force. Let’s spread the ideas that sup­port that,” Sin­clair says. “The more ideas that are devel­oped on the basis of work­ing togeth­er, coop­er­at­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing, the bet­ter place this world will be, for both hors­es and peo­ple.”

Released in 2015
Run­ning time 44 min­utes

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