Video Description (by the Producers)
The purpose of this innovative short film is to start a new, universally-understood conversation around the necessity of struggle, challenge and perseverance as they relate to creating meaning in one’s life — without one, you cannot have the other.
The 500 Miles film communicates the importance of this concept by telling the story of the un-purposed wild mustang and the un-purposed veteran, following both as they learn to face and navigate challenges, with the ultimate goal of discovering what their greater purpose in life is. For these mustangs, the arduous 500 mile journey through New Mexico and Arizona was their purpose-defining challenge, but we all have our own version of a “500 mile journey”.
It’s the moments in life when we choose to buck up instead of give up. When we choose to take the unbeaten path instead of the easy road. It’s the moments that force us to take a hard look at ourselves, and the decisions we have been making, and decide if we have been letting life happen to us, or for us.
So, the question is: What’s your 500?
Our 500 is that these horses should have never been ripped from their homes and hauled 500 miles away from everything they have ever known to suit man’s purpose — whatever that happens to be.
“Un-purposed wild mustang and un-purposed Veteran”? What language. Man made them “unpurposed,” but the mustang of course had absolutely no choice in the matter.
At the same time, this is a demonstration of the Great Spirit inherent in all horses, domestic and in the wild, and why they are so healing. This is our message, and perhaps at the same time the video’s message too.
Let us know your thoughts.