THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Directed by: Otto Bell 2016 | 87 min.

Section: Documentaries

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: Kazakh, with English subtitles

Genres: Adventure, Coming of Age, Documentary, Family Friendly, Youth/Teen


Synopsis

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, 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.

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 EAGLE HUNTRESS is executive produced and narrated by STAR WARS’s Daisy Ridley. Like Ridley’s character “Rey,” Aisholpan never doubts her ability to be as strong or brave as any boy. She recognizes no obstacles and refuses to have her ambition denied. While she practices an ancient art, Aisholpan’s story is a modern and inspiring one because she represents a world where a young girl’s dreams—no matter how challenging—can come true.

Screenings

Saturday, November 12 4:15 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Otto Bell
Producer Sharon Chang, Stacey Reiss
Cast Dalaikhan Boshai, Alma Dalaykhan, Almagul Kuksyegyen, Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Nurgaiv Rys, Bosaga Rys
Cinematographer Simon Niblett
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