Mankind is at an existential crossroads. Its cause stems from a profoundly mistaken premise––that we are separate. Yet, a way forward through a new narrative of humanity’s belonging to nature, is prophesied. The Promise, a short documentary by award-winning filmmaker Etienne Aurelius, traces an ancient legend about an agreement between humans and their noble companion, the horse. The film crosses the American West with author, entrepreneur, and outdoors-woman Kelly Wendorf, as she gathers Native stories and interviews academics. The Promise evidences symptoms of humanity out of balance––the plight of our national treasures: public lands, wild horses, and indigenous peoples––while offering us new hope.