In the lead up to the 7th Canadian Film Festival in Australia (August 2012), join us as we countdown the Top 100 Canadian Films of the past 30 years. We'll be posting one film a day leading up to Canada Day on July 1st 2012. Do you agree with our staff favourites? Let us know your thoughts!
#76 - The Wild Horse Redemption
A prime example of the outstanding, multi-layered documentaries that Canada’s National Film Board isknown for, The Wild Horse Redemption pits wild men against wild horses in the majestic Rockies.
Hardened criminals are given 90 days to tame wild mustang horses at a prison in the desert foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the inmates who volunteer for the program have never ridden a horse before, let alone trained one.
Oscar-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky and co-writer Bob McKeown craft a cinematic adaptation of David Cruise’s and Alison Griffiths’ story, 90 Day Horses. Zaritsky charts the attempts of three tough men – each with a history of violence and insubordination – to tame creatures even wilder than them, as part of this unique rehabilitation program.
The film asks a simple question with a complex answer: can two unruly beings – prisoner and mustang – be socialized for safe interaction and help each other to a better life?
Set against breathtaking vistas captured in crisp high-definition, the film borrows from the western with its tumultuous tale of men in search of redemption against the odds. This captivating film offers rich and uplifting insights into rehabilitation, responsibility, and the redemptive power of respect.
By bringing memorable characters in dangerous contact with magnificent beasts, the film invites us to ponder nothing less than our role in society and our place within nature.
“Zaritsky is a skilful filmmaker and his troupe of troubled stars (both human and equine) are fascinating subjects.” – (Moving Pictures Magazine)
The Wild Horse Redemption had its Sydney premiere at the 3rd Possible Worlds Film Festival in 2008
To see the other films in the countdown so far, click here.