Film & Discussion: Award-Winning Documentary About A True "Horse-Whisperer": Buck

Thursday January 24, 2013: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

"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. 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. He is a true cowboy who has overcome tremendous personal odds. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding, compassion and respect.

This acclaimed 2011 90-minute documentary is a richly textured and visually stunning film, following Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. 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.

This film, created to move people to make changes in how they deal with horses and life's challenges, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Documentary. It intends to inspire, motivate and teach through principles of respect, partnership and trust rather than anger, fear and intimidation. A post-film discussion will be led by Kimberly Cardeccia of Hidden Promise LLC., a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been involved with horses for 30 years.