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ReelEarth: Cristina's Andalusian World of Horses

Posted on 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

For centuries, Andalusian Horses were ridden by kings and warriors, prized for their strength and elegance. Cristina Márquez Muñoz, a third-year equestrian student at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is neither a royal nor a soldier, but her natural connection and passion for working with these horses is palpable. Spanish filmmakers Rita Noriega and Lucía Lubén take us 60 Miles south of Seville, Spain into Cristina’s world at a training academy. As we watch her care for her horse in the stable, and offer poised direction in the performance arena, we are given a fresh perspective into a legacy and sport long reserved for men. In addition to strength, Cristina says success in the sport hinges on communication and understanding between horse and rider. In this beautifully crafted film in the ReelEarth collection, we access the intimate motivations of this remarkable young woman, as well as the character of a special breed of horse within the culture of southern Spain.

Produced by Rita Noriega & Lucia Luben

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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