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The Eagle Huntress
 
 

Directed by Otto Bell, Mongolia / UK 2016
87 mins. Kazakh dialogue with English sub-titles

 
Summary:
 

Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter in the tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary. 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 believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined.

 
What the Critics say:
 
"With a childish pink bow in her hair, Aisholpan proves to be the most unexpected heroine: small, smiley, strong as a mountain pony and filled with quiet determination."  (Kate Muir - The Times)

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