THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholopan, 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.
Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
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.
The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father’s eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train, and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue.
After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia.
The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure 40 below zero temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.
Saturday - February 25 @ 3:30PM - Market Street Cinemark, Auditorium 5
Sunday - February 26 @ 1:30PM - Market Street Cinemark, Auditorium 5
KENNETH TURAN - LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Soaring! An enchanting tale."
CHRISTINA ESTIMA - VICE
"A breathtaking documentary that shows when we encourage our daughters, amazing things happen."
EDWARD DOUGLASS - FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
"Inspirational to younger girls by showing them how they can do and be anything they want in life."
MANOHLA DARGIS - THE NEW YORK TIMES
DAVID FEAR - ROLLINGSTONE.COM
"The season's most family-friendly female empowerment natire doc."
LINDA BARNARD - TORONTO STAR
"Girl power soars on the wings of the eagle in this stunning documentary"
MELISSA SILVERSTEIN - INDIEWIRE
"One of the most beautifully shot movies I have ever seen."