The horses and people of Mustang, Nepal, feature in the latest instalment in Horsefly Films’ Rare Equine Trust series, a cinematic library dedicated to the preservation of rare horse breeds and ancient horse-cultures.
In Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom, director Sophie Dia Pegrum explores the virtually unseen world of the Kingdom of Lo, from the royal family that is no longer recognised by the state but still revered by its people, to the death-defying races of the annual Yartung Festival.
To the people of Mustang, Nepal, a good horse is a promise of good fortune, and superior horsemanship is a skill greatly prized.
Horsefly Films is running a crowdfunding campaign to cover essential post-production costs on Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding platform specifically geared towards independent filmmakers. Anyone interested in helping to finish this film is encouraged to donate whatever they can, with perks ranging from limited edition DVDs and Nepali prayer-flags to a one-of-a-kind horse-inspired artwork by Maureen Drdak.
Talking to the Air is a breathtaking vision of a world that is almost lost, where the horse is an integral part of life, and riding is as natural as breathing. It is the third instalment in Horsefly’s Rare Equine Trust series. Socially, the film has great importance, with the potential – through engagement and collaboration – to influence movements to preserve the cultural practices of the region.
Talking to the Air will premiere on December 15 as part of the prestigious Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival.
Jen Miller and Sophie Dia Pegrum, the founders of Horsefly Films, are the first filmmakers to dedicate themselves to acknowledging the debt that mankind owes to the horse. “The horse is a reminder of man’s loftier connection to nature and many of these breeds and ancient equine cultures will disappear without intervention – a great loss to humanity. Despite modern technology making horses obsolete for many, the debt to history remains. They are an integral part of who we are, of who we became, and it is our duty to preserve that bond.”
Reporting: Alex Mullarky