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Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed

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Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed
Directed by Katia Louise
Opens November 26, Quad Cinema

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The images of animal suffering and mistreatment presented throughout Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed inspire sadness and angered concern, but their power is undermined by a story told in hapless circles and at the expense of a well-defined end. A long scroll of information tracing national policy with regard to horse slaughter opens director Katia Louise's well-intentioned but overwrought argument against the unregulated slaughter of former racehorses, America's dwindling wild-horse population, and all those equines in between but still subject to owners' whims. Packed with information—indeed, the screen is often overlaid with at least three elements, including scraps of text, a talking head, and an illustrative image—as well as awkward style cues, at its worst, Saving America's Horses plays like a YouTube propaganda piece. Which is a shame, as footage of horses being illegally transported across borders, starved to death to protect cattle-grazing land, and inhumanely slaughtered makes a strong case that something has gone wrong. Louise has plenty of theories about why and how that's so, but little sense of how to draw them together effectively. The sublime beauty of her subject cannot fail to move; less steady is this presentation of their plight.

 
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jonathan.wimpenny
jonathan.wimpenny

I couldn't sit through this again. Michelle was generous in her review above. Directors must please remember the audience (even biased as I am towards this director's theme). We need a clear argument set against a visual backdrop not illegible clips flashing one on top of another. Even the credits rolled at breakneck speed

patience_odowd
patience_odowd

 This Topic, Saving America's Horses, is not a "Sound Bite".

Many have an ignorance unknown even to themselves based on 100 years of superficial and specious information, fed in sound bite format.

 

I sincerely recommend you watch this film again, then think about how you can help prepare Americans to invest some time, thought, and action.

 

 

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