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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"Thrilling! A movie that expands your sense of what is possible."

A.O. Scott, The New York Times 

"A breathtaking documentary that shows when we encourage our daughters, amazing things happen."

Christine Estima, Vice 

"A bliss-out."

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times 

"The season’s most family-friendly female empowerment nature doc."

David Fear, Rollingstone.Com 

"Soaring! An enchanting tale."

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

"Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary."

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star 

"Inspirational to younger girls by showing them how they can do and be anything they want in life."

Edward Douglas, Film Journal International 

"One of the most beautifully shot movies I have ever seen."

Melissa Silverstein, Indiewire 

“…entertaining slice of real-life inspirational adventure”

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

Directed by
Otto Bell

Produced by
Stacey Reiss and Sharon Chang

Asher Svidensky

Executive Producers
Susan MacLaury, Barbara Dobkin, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Marc Simon, Daisy Ridley, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully

Director of Photography
Simon Niblett

Edited by
Pierre Takal

“Angel by the Wings” by Sia

Produced in Association with Shine Global