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Horse Whisper Heard Around the World
Andre Villas, the local 'horse whisperer' in Guatavita, Colombia. Photo by Jennifer Prediger.
Horse Whisper Heard Around the World
Sofia Santana, associate producer of Buck, participates in an interview with a local news team. Photo by Jennifer Prediger.
Horse Whisper Heard Around the World
Camilo Villa shares his thoughts with Film Forward after a screening of Buck in Guatavita. Photo by Jennifer Prediger.

Horse Whisper Heard Around the World

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For me as a rider, it is very motivational to see people as Buck who have such a beautiful bond with horses and who can help riders like me to improve and strengthen that bond with their own horse.

On the first day of screenings during Film Forward's trip to Colombia, we took a road trip from Bogotá to Guatavita. It's about an hour drive from the city. Views from the car window morph from scenes of a huge metropolis (population size 8 million) to a lush, green rural oasis of rolling hillsides, horse farms and sacred lakes.

We had the pleasure of visiting the ranch of Andres Villa, the local "horse whisperer." At his ranch he and the horses are dedicated to helping rehabilitate children and adults with disabilities.

After our visit to the farm, horse riders and townspeople joined for a screening of Buck, followed by an engaging Q&A with the film's associate producer, Sofia Santana.

Camilo Villa, the son of Guatavita's horse whisperer, was moved by the film and shared this note with us:

Well, first of all I wanted to thank you guys for visiting us and sharing with us such valuable information. For me as a rider, it is very motivational to see people as Buck who have such a beautiful bond with horses and who can help riders like me to improve and strengthen that bond with their own horse. I recently started raising my horse and it has not being an easy task, but I've gained a lot of perseverance and tolerance not only in my sport, but in my life. After watching this documentary, every single word was relevant to my experience as a rider. I'd really like to visit one of Buck's clinics in order to gain more knowledge and experience doing what I most like in life, which is being in contact with horses in order to understand them each time more.

Best regards,

Camilo Villa

Guatavita, Colombia

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