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The Eagle Huntress (2016)

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Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress.


Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Herself (as Aisholpan)
Rys Nurgaiv ...


This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

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The spellbinding true story about a 13-year-old girl on an epic journey to gain victory in a faraway land. See more »


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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Eagle Huntress  »

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Opening Weekend:

$52,574 (USA) (4 November 2016)


$3,169,211 (USA) (12 May 2017)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Daisy Ridley saw an early cut of this film, and loved it so much that she wanted to be a part of it. She is now credited as an executive producer. See more »


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Angel by the Wings
Music By Greg Kurstin, Sia
Performed by Sia
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Inspiring, heart-warming and hugely mind-widening for any 'westerner'!
17 September 2016 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

What can I say more than the reviewer/user prior? This is truly a wonderful film. I saw it on the last day of our International Film Festival and somehow the word must have 'got around' as the cinema was well filled! As the previous writer noted, the relationship between the locals and the film-makers must have been excellent. I noted carefully the credits on its conclusion and most seem to be Euro/Anglo names - again interesting, that alone adds credit.

The blurbs prior made much of the negative attitudes of the traditional people, but a tremendous joy of this film is that the father was totally behind and with his 13-yr old all the way. The empathy and shared loved of the task and each other was greatly inspiring. He was a tremendous teacher. The context of the piece with its daily and dramatic challenges with almost none of 1st World intervention (okay - they had trucks, wore jeans, sweat-shirts etc at the school, but today nowhere in the world is cut off from some 'western' features, is it?) I think one class shown was in beginner English.

A viewer should not miss the deep but never forced spiritual/religious impetus. Is this part of world of 'old Islam' does anyone know?

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