THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows 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 rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. 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.
“Aisholpan is one of life’s trailblazers – a feminist pioneer.” – Time Out
“Factor in the feel-good story, Bell’s bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers’ customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress.” – Chicago Reader
“The film lends itself to grand pronouncements about feminism or animal rights or some combination of the two, but at heart this is an engaging story about a girl and her eagle.” – Village Voice
“Otto Bell’s The Eagle Huntress is everything you could ask for in a documentary, and more. It’s the more that distracts from time to time, but not enough to spoil our pleasure.” – Wall Street Journal
“”The Eagle Huntress” is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.” – New York Daily News
Director: Otto Bell
Runtime: 101 minutes
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