The Eagle Huntress(2016)
Witness one girl's dream take flight.
Documentary following a 13-year-old Mongolian girl as she embarks on a journey toward acceptance in the male-dominated arena of falconry.... More
"It seems impossible to conceive of training wild eagles, with their seven-foot wingspans and razor-sharp talons. Yet the Kazakh people have been doing so for centuries, and the practitioners in the Bayon-Ölgii province of Mongolia are the most faithful keepers of the sacred practice.
"For 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, participating in this practice means being the first female in 12 generations of her family to become an eagle hunter. Perched precariously on the side of a mountain, with a gigantic mother eagle circling overhead, the brave girl perseveres in the face of danger and manages to capture her own baby eagle. And this is only the beginning of her adventure: under her father's tutelage, she remains tenaciously committed to the intense training necessary to her eaglet's development.
"Aisholpan's natural gifts for understanding and communication allow her to form a lasting bond with the bird, and with her parents’ support, she becomes the first girl ever to take part in the Golden Eagle Festival, competing against 70 seasoned eagle hunters. But it is only after, when she goes on a hunt, that Aisholpan will seek her true rite of passage as an eagle huntress." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide
BY Alex Casey Flicks Writer
Directed by Otto Bell, documentary The Eagle Huntress tells the story of Aisholpan, a 13 year-old Kazakh girl competing to be the first female eagle hunter in Mongolia. She’s up against a bunch of crusty old guys who would much rather she stayed home and milked the goats, so it’s no mistake that Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) steps in to narrate the astounding story – another woman all too familiar with making a lot of grown men scream-cry at the changing world.... More
The momentous central task of The Eagle Huntress is aided in its gravity by staggering scenery, slow-motion eagle action that would make Attenborough weep, and perfectly timed talking heads that would give The Office a run for its money. At times, the footage can jump suddenly from sweeping, pristine mountain vistas to more shonky Go-Pro grain, but the uneven haste at which the story is captured only helps to make her journey all the more enthralling.
Capturing the calm, controlled erosion of the patriarchy in this remote, tradition-steeped corner of the world, The Eagle Huntress is a soaring testament to women everywhere who simply refuse to play by society's bullshit rules. It’s a visually exquisite film, a father-daughter love story and a must-see feminist fable for the whole family. As if that wasn’t enough, the eagles also wear funny little leather bras over their eyes that make them look like they are about to go to some kind of sexy Fifty Shades of Grey party. Honestly, what more do you want in a movie?Hide