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The Eagle Huntress

A young Mongolian girl fights against tradition in this delightful and absorbing documentary (narrated by Daisy Ridley) that delves into the rarely filmed nomad Mongolian Kazakh community and in particular their tradition of building a working relationship with golden eagles. The elders insist it is a male domain (apparently ‘women get cold’), but 13-year-old Aisholpan is the daughter of an eagle hunter and is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. The film makes the most of spectacular backdrops, as she trains her eagle, eventually entering the community’s annual Golden Eagle competition.

The Eagle Huntress
United States of America (USA) / 2016 / Kazakh and English dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 87 mins
Genre: Creative Documentary and Teens
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: U.A.E Premiere
Rating: PG
Contains: Requires Parental Guidance
Director: Otto Bell
Producer: Stacey Reiss, Sharon Change, Otto Bell
Scriptwriter: Otto Bell
DOP: Simon Niblett
Editor: Pierre Takal
Composer: Jeff Peters
Cast: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Nurgaiv Rys, Alma Dalaykhan
Voice Cast: Daisy Ridley
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