The Eagle Huntress

Genre:  Documentary, Family
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: November 4, 2016 (limited) - November 4, 2016 - select cities
DVD: February 7, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.75
based on 8 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Daisy Ridley, Aisholpan


The film follows the epic journey of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl who has a fascination with her father's and grandfather's practice of hunting with a golden eagle. She wants to follow in their footsteps, but the role has predominantly been given to men.

One day, her father allows her to capture a golden eagle chick, which she trains in order to compete against 70 much more experienced men in an annual competition, and become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become a master eagle hunter.

Director: Otto Bell
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Stacy Reiss, Sharon Chang, Otto Bell
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  • 4 stars "Exquisite scenery and story of a real life custom in Mongolia. The simplicity of a young girl wanting to train an eagle to hunt in a country where only men had participated, is uplifting - if you can call training an eagle to hunt simple in the first place! The eagles themselves are wonderful to watch, from an eaglet to maturity. Loved it!"
  • 1 star "The scenery was amazing. The movie was totally staged liked a Disney movie. Another feminist propaganda movie."
  • 5 stars "Spectacular scenery. Uplifting story presented without excess dramatization. Much more moving for me because I was there in the Altai mountains with one of the Eagle Hunter families in summer of 2015 with my son-in-law and grandson. That hunter is even one of the characters in the movie."