With the explosion of the economic crisis, thousands of Spanish horses were abandoned by their owners. A group of girls has gathered around a horsewoman to give these unwanted animals a new lease of life. A cinematic novel about a childhood on the countryside and the first encounter with death.

A long summer on the Costa Blanca in southeast Spain. Horse lovers Paula and Xana spend all their spare time at the horse sanctuary APAC. Their supervisor Lois, who has come here from England, looks after the weak and undernourished animals. Paula's favourite horse Roneo has to be put down, which is why Xana takes over her duties on the farm and helps Lois struggle against the odds. Alexandra Kaufmann has produced an exceptional coming-of-age film full of poignant warmth and lightness. A cinematic novella about a childhood in the countryside and the first experience of death. Lois is a resolute "Mother Teresa" for neglected animals and a strong role model for two girls as they find their way in the world.

Genre Feature documentary / Human Interest
Length 75’/45’/15’ HD
Film by Alexandra Kaufmann
Production Co-Production Evolution Film and Cinédokké Film Production with ZDF/ARTE and RSI Radio Televisione Svizzera, with the support of FFF Bayern and IDM South Tyrol
Original Title Die Pferderetterin – Spaniens vergessene Tragödie / Espagne – La femme qui sauvait les chevaux
Year 2019

Festivals and awards
DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
Festival de Popoli, Italy 2019 (Audience Award)
Münchner Filmkunstwochen, Germany 2019
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece 2020


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