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The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses

By Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Docu on exploitation of and attempt to save wild horses.

Movie NR 2021 90 minutes
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The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses is an informative, inspiring, yet incomplete history of wild horses in the United States. The documentary begins its story with White Western settlers using horses for transportation before the onset of automobiles. While there are mild references to Indigenous peoples through quotes such as "[horses] were going to go the way of the open range" and "disappear as a relic of the frontier," there's no explicit mention of the parallel experiences of wild horses and Indigenous communities: both slaughtered, both forced into subservience and pushed into inferior, often uninhabitable lands. And while the movie offers diversity of thought regarding methods for horse population management, there's little ethnic diversity in telling its story.

The film's production quality is rich with dazzling visuals of desert landscapes and mustangs galloping across the plains, making The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses a delight to watch. And the story of Velma Johnson, aka "wild horse Annie," is a powerful one: a woman, in 1950s United States, using her voice and finding a platform to stop the roundups and slaughtering of mustangs. The significance of youth activism in her story is inspiring too, with thousands of young people and school groups speaking to legislators and creating positive social change.

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