It is well known that many great black cowboys – during the second half of the 19th century – were far more represented in films than in the Old West; The Smithsonian puts its estimate at 25%, or roughly double the percentage of black citizens of the United States. Instead there has been the existence of black riding clubs in lesser-known American urban centers, which no doubt stab and co-author Dan Walzer are working on from Greg Neri’s book Ghetto cowboys, Seized on the idea
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Cole (Caleb McLaughlin, TV) Strange things) Circling the drain at home; The 15-year-old is in trouble at school and her mother is completely fed up; “You’re going to drown,” she yells at him before leaving for Philly to spend the summer with his long-absent father.
At first glance, the slums of Philadelphia do not seem more conducive to proper upbringing than at home. Perhaps so low, in the middle of Dad’s junk-strewn apartment is a large living horse for a smack dub. But working with a horse seems easier than coping with Dad (Idris Elba), a tough nut who is so low that Cole stoops and falls asleep.
An attentive neighbor woman, Nessie (Lorraine Townsend), puts the child to work in the stables, advising the new arrival that “hard things come before good things,” a fate the urban teenager certainly wasn’t anticipating. . But it turns out that Dad, named Harp, runs The Fletcher Street Stables, and most of the life of this block revolves around horses and nice big parks across the street.
It almost goes without saying that you know what you know in the entry-level work in this operation, which is exactly what the New York kid does until he wins his first strip. A man in a wheelchair shows Cole off the ropes and warns him about the local gang, and soon the newcomer begins to develop an affinity for large animals and for a short time about what he has learned. Feels a sense of accomplishment.
A bigger threat than the stock hoodloom characters is the city government, which has already reduced horse activity in the area and with an eye on real estate action in the future, now to completely get rid of the animals Seems to be Although big money and “progress” win almost every time in such cases, some kind of agreement is indicated in the end credits.
The film’s clear imprint is to promote the opportunity for D’Tre Inter-City youth to have access to alternative activities, to experience more of the world and to introduce themselves to new people and diverse interests.
This is a noble objective to be sure. But through the second half of the film, you can anticipate almost everything that is going to happen – and then it does.
Luckily, all the main actors are entangled at the very least and powerful when they need to be. Then there is the sight of horses, and those who love, ride, train, and parade them around the streets of the big city, now something that it offers a quiet unique charm. All of this is a little cornball, and so is this film.
Concrete cowboys Premiered on September 13 at the Toronto Film Festival.