The Long Rider

The Long Rider

Directed by: Sean Cisterna
The difference between success and failure? Getting back in the saddle.


PLOT : Filipe Leite grew up in Toronto, went to Ryerson University, and is an aspiring journalist. However, he has always had a strong urge to return to his family and that desire only grew stronger as he grew older. Leite’s family lives in São Paolo, Brazil so he decides to leave Canada and set out on a mission to return home. Moving to Calgary, Leite begins his trek travelling over 25,000 kilometers solely on horseback. In an aspiring documentary, audiences are taken on a journey with Leite as he faces environmental, physical, and mental challenges as he crosses borders, rubbing shoulders with transport trucks and unruly border patrol. Through some of his toughest days, the kindness of strangers and the determination of his spirit make the difference between giving up and getting back on the horse.

Sean Cisterna. is a Canadian director, writer, and producer. Originally from Orillia, Ontario Cisterna has directed multiple projects including the YTV TV movie King of the Camp (2008) and his most recent feature film From the Vine (2019). Cisterna has won multiple awards from national and international film festivals. Most notably at the Beaufort International Film Festival, he won the Ribaut Award for Best Feature Film and best director award for From the Vine. In total, the film garnered Cisterna 5 awards. Cisterna was awarded the Canada 150 Citizenship Award by the federal government for his dedication to including local talent, stories and locations in his films.

Length 1h 36min
Year 2022

Cast Felipe Leite,

Production Mythic Productions

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