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Buck Reaches At-Risk Youth on the Border
Cindy Meehl speaks to students at Calexico High School. Photo by Jennifer Prediger.

Buck Reaches At-Risk Youth on the Border

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“Aggression and anger toward a horse only creates a fearful, intimidated and ultimately more dangerous horse who will act out in self-preservation. The same way with a kid," said Director Cindy Meehl

Spending an afternoon at Calexico High School just about a mile from the border of Mexico, Buck Director Cindy Meehl had a conversation with students about her film. There was excitement in the library as eager students asked Meehl about the process of making this documentary about a real-life horse whisperer.

The story of a horse trainer resonated with students in the border town and reached people on several different levels. The humanity of a man who was beaten by an inhumane parent is profound.

“Aggression and anger toward a horse only creates a fearful, intimidated and ultimately more dangerous horse who will act out in self-preservation. The same way with a kid,” said the director.

Meehl talks about this and her experience at the high school in this FILM FORWARD video shot on location in Calexico:

 “[Buck] feared for his life on a daily basis. I can’t imagine putting a child through that,” said Meehl. “There’s a student today that related to Buck’s childhood. She wanted to show this film to help someone in her life,” said Meehl. “Buck’s a real role model for people to see you can go on, you can overcome. If this helps somebody to realize they can overcome the pain and turmoil in their life, then that’s really great.”

 

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