Healing Horses (2016)

On the margins of modern medicine, horses are being used in psychotherapy. Inspired by three months of anthropological fieldwork, the film takes a closer look at one such place in the Pacific Northwest, called ”Animals as Natural Therapy”. Through the stories of three women, interwoven with audio-visual vignettes of the non-humans, “Healing Horses” explores aspects of the healing relationships created between the humans and the horses.

visual anthropological MA research project with Animals as Natural Therapy Bellingham, WA, USA fieldwork conducted in autumn 2014 (finalized in spring 2016)

produced/directed/filmed/edited by Armina Dinescu, with financial and technical support from Aarhus University/Moesgård Museum.

screenings: Equinale 2016, Equus 2016, Culese din Balkani 2017

jetables (black&white) (2015)

As part of my collection of ethnographic data, 2 disposable cameras were shared with the youth participants and the volunteers at Animals as Natural Therapy.
The guidelines were minimal (take photos of whatever you like around the farm) and the idea came from a methodology class on photo elicitation.
The plan was to sit down with the participants and talk to them about the photos they had taken, but this project developed in such a way that made this impossible (the cameras were left on the premises of the farm and anyone could use them at anytime). Instead, I look at them now and try to imagine who might have taken which picture, and what they must have been thinking about.

These were some of their captures.

   

jetables (colour) (2015)

As part of my collection of ethnographic data, 2 disposable cameras were shared with the youth participants and the volunteers at Animals as Natural Therapy.
The guidelines were minimal (take photos of whatever you like around the farm) and the idea came from a methodology class on photo elicitation.
The plan was to sit down with the participants and talk to them about the photos they had taken, but this project developed in such a way that made this impossible (the cameras were left on the premises of the farm and anyone could use them at anytime). Instead, I look at them now and try to imagine who might have taken which picture, and what they must have been thinking about.

These were some of their captures.

 

“speak the truth” (Patriot) (2015)

“When Patriot stares at you, he will lock eyes with you… and that means he has something to tell you”
(Tania at Animals as Natural Therapy, Bellingham, WA)

One frozen December morning in the sun