The Eagle Huntress

November 1st, 2016


The Eagle Huntress

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.8/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Otto Bell

Stars: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley

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.

Daisy Ridley - Narrator (voice)
Aisholpan Nurgaiv - Herself (as Aisholpan)

Taglines: The spellbinding true story about a 13-year-old girl on an epic journey to gain victory in a faraway land.


Official Website: Official Website

Country: UK, Mongolia, USA

Language: Kazakh

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Mongolia

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Did You Know?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress 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 on the film. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

What can I say more than the reviewer/user prior? This is truly a wonderful film. I saw it on the last day of our International Film Festival and somehow the word must have 'got around' as the cinema was well filled! As the previous writer noted, the relationship between the locals and the film-makers must have been excellent. I noted carefully the credits on its conclusion and most seem to be Euro/Anglo names - again interesting, that alone adds credit.

The blurbs prior made much of the negative attitudes of the traditional people, but a tremendous joy of this film is that the father was totally behind and with his 13-yr old all the way. The empathy and shared loved of the task and each other was greatly inspiring. He was a tremendous teacher. The context of the piece with its daily and dramatic challenges with almost none of 1st World intervention (okay - they had trucks, wore jeans, sweat-shirts etc at the school, but today nowhere in the world is cut off from some 'western' features, is it?) I think one class shown was in beginner English.

A viewer should not miss the deep but never forced spiritual/religious impetus. Is this part of world of 'old Islam' does anyone know?


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