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This film follows Aisholpan, a 13 year old nomad girl, as she prepares to take on the all-male, all-grown-up world of Eagle Hunters at the annual Festival in the snow-capped Altai Mountains of North West Mongolia. Through breathtaking and intimate cinematography, this film will frame the universal themes of female empowerment, coming of age, and the onset of modernity. Produced in Association with Otto Bell.
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Ultimately, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is not about Aisholpan breaking a barrier, picking up a prize at a festival, or proving a point to some crotchety old men. She is not the only eagle huntress in Central Asia, and she is not the only girl in Central Asia or the world who has accomplished something amazing. It’s simply that after 12 generations of eagle hunters in her family passing on an ancient tradition from father to son, Aisholpan was the first girl to say “I want to do this!” It never occurred to her that she couldn’t be an eagle hunter, because her father and mother did not bring her up to think that way. In her sunny countenance, strength and courage, Aisholpan is a glowing metaphor for a world that refuses to say no to the soaring dreams of little girls.
Sundance Film Festival 2016
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Telluride Film Festival 2016
Karlovy Vary 2016
Middleburg Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
Hawii Intl Film Festval
Winner Best Documentary Feature Hamptons International Film Festival
National Board of Review Top 5 Documentary
Producer Guild Awards Nominee Best Documentary Feature
3 Critics Choice Nominations
Stacey Reiss and Sharon Chang
Susan MacLaury, Barbara Dobkin, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Marc Simon, Daisy Ridley, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully
Director of Photography
“Angel by the Wings” by Sia
Produced in Association with Shine Global