Disappointment Valley: A Modern Day Western (2017)

105 min.Documentary | Adventure | Drama
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Disappointment Valley uncovers corruption surrounding wild horse round-ups by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the process of documenting this untold story, the director James Anaquad Kleinert is confronted by multinational corporations that are threatened by the exposure of their dealings with the Department of the Interior. James, staying true to his story and his relationship to a tribe of wild horses he befriends, takes this case all the way to federal court in Washington D.C. ultimately to win, setting precedent in the law for future wild horse and western public land issues. James discovers a unique undisturbed band of wild horses living in remote South Western Colorado known as Disappointment Valley. James films and forms a personal relationship with Traveler, a majestic band stallion and his family, creating an aesthetic and serene portrait of Traveler's band family in a profoundly beautiful wild natural setting. Oil and gas fracturing along with uranium and other "rare earth" mining is immanent in the area. The United States government's second largest form of income is from the leasing of "Public Lands" to oil and mining corporations. The enchanting setting of Traveler and his family is violently interrupted by the violence and trauma of a BLM helicopter round up. It is the story these horses tell us about ourselves, globalization, and the ability of a storyteller to persevere despite being targeted by the most powerful government in the world.  Less

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