Disappointment Valley by filmmaker James Kleinert, Moving Clouds Prod. is one of the most powerful documentaries I ever saw. It shows the most amazing footage of wild horses in their natural environment in the American Southwest. They are positively breathtaking to watch. Seeing them touches you at your core. I am a passionate horse person so this film affected me instantly and dramatically and I was not fully aware of the depth of this crisis in America. This film is a call to action.
Every person in the world should see this film -- and not just passionate horse lovers like myself. The film is about the destruction of the wild horses roaming around the southwest in the United States. Filmed by James Kleinert it is an astounding and heartbreaking film. Several celebrities star in it including singer Sheryl Crow, actor Viggo Mortensen, author of Dances with Wolves Michael Blake, actors Peter Coyote and Raoul Trujillo.
Horses are messengers and it is a healing experience to be with them. I had the opportunity to ride a horse just once, ‘so far’ in my life while on vacation about 5 years ago in California. We spent about 3 hours riding on mountain paths and next to the ocean. I can’t wait to do it again.
Horses represent freedom, power, strength.. At one time numbering over 2 million today there are less than 25,000 wild horses left in the country today and the numbers
dwindle by the day.
The documentary details the actions of the Bureau of Land management and the Department of the Interior and reveals the dark heart of an agency that is destroying and euthanizing the horses and tells how they have been and are continuing to bring the wild horses to extinction.
These beautiful, magical and magnificent animals get rounded up by helicopters that fly over large herds of the horses, make them run for miles and get them
exhausted, and then they are brought to huge holding pens. Once they arrive the horses are separated from their partners/family members and it just breaks
your heart to see this. Many die of heartbrokenness.
Horses are used by many heath professionals to help heal wounded vets, and people with disabilities. Horses carry us; they carry our burdens,
our spiritual burdens. I loved the part that told about Wild Horse Annie, a woman who helped to establish the law in 1971 that helped to protect
these magnificent creatures but it seems that law has changed or is not enforced now.
This film is about the survival of the wild horses in the American West. And it is about us, the people of America. The horses have a right to co exist in the west and what is at stake is the future of this country and how our society values and protects the wild horses. While parts of this film are shattering to watch, it is imperative that we all become aware and educated about this crises so that we are prepared to take action. I recommend everyone see this film!!!