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The Eagle Huntress

  • Starring: Aisholpan, Daisy Ridley
  • Director: Otto Bell
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sport, Family, Documentary
  • Rating: G
  • Running Time: 87 min.

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. [Sony Pictures Classics]

"The Eagle Huntress is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world. "
- Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News
"A soaring, sweet documentary that welcomes its audience into an unexpected new arena, The Eagle Huntress offers up a movie-perfect story with a leading lady who has something to share with everyone. "
- Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"Factor in the feel-good story, Bell's bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers' customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress."
- Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader
"The film lends itself to grand pronouncements about feminism or animal rights or some combination of the two, but at heart this is an engaging story about a girl and her eagle."
- Abbey Bender, Village Voice
"There's a spirit that soars in this nature doc about a 13-year-old who becomes Mongolia's first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. You'll be hooked."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As unlikely as it is enchanting, "The Eagle Huntress" tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times