The film that I found the most interesting is the one titled “The Horse Boy.” This movie is about a couple with a son named Rowan who suffers from autism. At the beginning of the film, a young couple from India is introduced and it is shown how they end up getting married and eventually have a child named Rowan. After a few years of irregular behavior, such as extreme temper tantrums and not being able to socialize with others properly, the couple decided to bring Rowan to a doctor, where he was then diagnosed with autism. While dealing with his son’s condition, Rowan’s father suddenly got the idea to allow the boy to be exposed to horses. What Rowan’s father didn’t expect was that Rowan would have an amazing connection with these animals that left the boy at peace and eased his temper tantrums.
After losing hope in the treatment Rowan was already receiving, the couple decided to bring their son to Mongolia, where horseback riding originated. They hoped that bringing Rowan here would have a positive effect on his condition by immersing him in a completely different culture that had unusual medical rituals as compared to those the family was already accustomed to. In Mongolia, the family met up with a group of Shamans that hoped to help Rowan with his autism. The shamans came to the conclusion that the reason Rowan suffered from autism was because he was being tormented by the spirit of his grandmother that suffered from manic depression while she was alive. The shamans ended up performing rituals for Rowan such as chanting, praying, whipping, washing, and beating on drums in order to get rid of the demon and to the parent’s surprise, they began seeing improvements in their son’s behavior. For weeks, the improvements continued and while the family knew Rowan had not been cured of his autism, they did feel as though his improvements had made their quality of life much better.
I believe that the sector this healthcare operates in is the folk sector. Through this sector, the symptoms that a person is experiencing is seen in a more spiritual light. Due to this, the healers associated with this sector, such as the shaman in the above example, try to heal the body through spiritual means such as praying and chanting. They try to heal the body without the use of medicines and they address the problem as a whole rather than addressing each symptom individually.