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The Eagle Huntress (2016)

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Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.

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Otto Bell
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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A young woman living in the mountains of Mongolia dreams of becoming her nation's first female eagle hunter. An animated feature based on the documentary 'The Eagle Huntress'.

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Credited cast:
Daisy Ridley ... Narrator (voice)
Aisholpan Nurgaiv ... Herself (as Aisholpan)
Rys Nurgaiv Rys Nurgaiv ... Himself
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This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

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Witness one girl's dream take flight See more »


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G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Mongolia | USA

Language:

Kazakh | English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eagle Huntress See more »

Filming Locations:

Mongolia

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Opening Weekend USA:

$52,574, 6 November 2016

Gross USA:

$3,169,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,400,140
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1.85 : 1
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Daisy Ridley saw an early cut of this film, and loved it so much that she wanted to be a part of it. She is now credited as an executive producer. See more »

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Referenced in Pick of the Litter (2018) See more »

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Angel by the Wings
Music By Greg Kurstin, Sia
Performed by Sia
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Beautiful and uplifting
3 December 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"It's not a choice, it's a calling that has to be in your blood." Aisholpan's father, Nurgaiv.

Rarely does a documentary tell it like it is; manipulative docs sometimes embellish with contrived conflicts or outrageously obvious re-creations. The Eagle Huntress needs no phony clashes or extensive re-enactments, for its hero is 13 year old Aisholpan, from Asia's Altai Mountains, the first female Kazakh in twelve generations to be a bona fide eagle huntress.

The Eagle Huntress is so beautifully shot you'd almost book passage to visit this isolated world in Mongolia by the China border. Director Otto Bell said, "It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there." The air and sky are clear like we in the city have never seen, and the nomadic tribe that gives us Aisolpan is so loving and innocent as to make us wonder what our modern technology has taken from us.

I guess I am most impressed that the modern notion of female empowerment is played without histrionics among elders who question her fitness as a woman to compete in the annual Golden Eagle Festival. Aisholpan is the perfect model for early teen film goers: fresh faced, wide smiled, and ready for challenges. Director Otto Bell lets the male power gently give in to the age of feminism without acting like stupid old guys.

The Eagle Huntress works not just as a tract supporting the new woman but also as a treatise on simple, authentic life style where what one does trumps what one says. By the way, she's a perfect role model because she lacks the self-absorbed qualities of today's female heroes.

It's beautiful and uplifting in the most honest way a doc can be.


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