When a sudden and mysterious fire wipes out the Hill Stable-- the last public horse stable in South Central, Los Angeles--a culture of urban cowboys come under threat.  This western-documentary follows the life and struggles of three inner-city cowboys and the line they must walk between the gang-filled streets of LA and the path of an American Black cowboy.

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Five miles south of downtown Los Angeles is a place that was, until recent years, known as the murder capital of the world. For most, South Central LA is synonymous with gang violence, drug trafficking, and high amounts of crime. Yet for much of the twentieth century South Central LA was an agricultural boomtown filled with ranchers, farmers, and equestrians alike. Since the city’s establishment, Compton and the surrounding neighborhoods have always had a culture of Black Cowboys. Once common to the dusty dirt roads, this culture has all but disappeared now in a wash of land-hungry developers, apathetic politicians, and relentless gang activity.  Fire on the Hill tells the story of one of the last strongholds that the Cowboys have; a horse stable known as the Hill that was mysteriously set on fire in 2012.  This is the story of three of those Cowboys and their fight to live out their vision of the West.

URBAN SADDLES

Urban Saddles is a non-profit organization created by the South Central Cowboys in collaboration with producers from Fire on the Hill. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for the youth in urban communities by providing an equestrian based activity center, therapeutic programs, agricultural studies, and anti-gang initiatives.
In 2019, Urban Saddles was founded in South Central, Los Angeles with the hopes of expansion into other urban communities across the United States. To learn more please visit UrbanSaddles.org or click the image below.

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