The Eagle Huntress (U)
Aisholpan, a thirteen year old girl, trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Aisholpan aims to rise to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest 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, Nurgaiv, believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she is determined.
This film is in Kazakh with subtitles and with English narration by Daisy Riley.
Directed by Otto Bel.
Audio description is available for all screenings of this film – please ask a steward for a headset if you would like to make use of this.