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Film - “The Horse Crucified and Risen” (Horse Encyclopaedia)

 

Russia, 2004, 2x26 min., color

Concept by: Konstantin Ernst
Author, first director: Alexander Nevzorov

Production: "Evorinvest"

Genre: Documentary film

The first episode of the “The Horse Crucified and Risen” ("Horse Encyclopedia") is an introductory one. It includes a detailed investigation of the history of the relationships between the horse and the man.

Many centuries ago, at the dawn of human society, the man couldn’t but notice the horse and fall in love with it. Having fallen in love he desired to make this strong and clever animal his property. He cursed it to live with him and in conformity with his own laws. All kinds of human beliefs and ideas of God influenced the fates of horses. That is why the authors titled the film "Belief".

But the horse is a freedom-loving animal. It hates slavery. That is why it didn’t like the man and has always tried to get freedom. Then the man invented a hundred of methods to keep the horse with him. A thousand of workshops and factories all over the world produce all sorts of devices to hold and control the horse, i.e. the devices to cut it. Bits that may tear the animal’s mouth, spurs that may mutilate its flanks, and many other instruments. The title of the second film is "Iron".

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At the 39th Worldfest - Houston Independent Film Festival, April 21-30, 2006, the film “Horse Encyclopedia” received a Special Jury Award in the Documentary film category.

The Jury not only considered it as an extremely bright work of great talent, but as well as the most honest and revolutionary film in essence. It was the first to show fairly and objectively the position of horses in the modern society and defined the problem of horse suffering in the equestrian sport. The Jury also noted its historical value and the brilliant director’s and operator’s work.

Houston Film Festival is one of the largest in the world with 4500 entries received this year. Special Jury Award is the top award of the Festival for creative skills.



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