Film Premiere*

Wednesday, March 3 at 8:00 pm

Livestream Q+A with director Cliff Caines, cinematographer Ryan Randall and Art Shannon starts at 9:30 pm


March 3 at 8:00 pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm

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Director: Cliff Caines

Language: English

Runtime: 82 minutes

Rating: all audiences

*Films premiere at a set time and are followed by a livestream Q+A.  If you miss the premiere, you can still watch the movie (and a recording of the Q+A) anytime until the end of the festival!  Still a bit unclear? Check out our 2021 Glossary & FAQ for details.


Of all the creatures with whom we humans have shared this world, no other has had the same impact on the development of our societies and economies as the horse. Indeed, so much of what we take for granted was built on these animals’ backs. With his fascinating documentary, director Cliff Caines continues his look at changing ways in rural Ontario by examining several contemporary examples of horse-powered labour on farms in Elgin County and elsewhere, prompting questions about the persistence of these still-valuable human-animal relationships and their meaning in the modern day. The gorgeous black-and-white cinematography by Ryan Randall – the technical supervisor for the new Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen’s University – provides another point of entry to Caines’ thematically rich film, which may very well compel viewers to regard these animals with the awe and respect they deserve.


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