Hull Independent Cinema presents: The Eagle Huntress
Otto Bell | 2016 | UK / Mongolia / USA | U | 87 mins | Documentary | English and Kazakh language
Follow Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rise to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been typically handed down from father to son for centuries.
Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan’s father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined.
“As unlikely as it is enchanting, The Eagle Huntress tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Winner of seven awards at festivals around the world, including four Best Documentary prizes. Nominated for Best First Documentary at Critics Choice Documentary Awards.
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