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The Eagle Huntress

For 2,000 years, the Kazakh people of the Altai region in western Mongolia have practiced a tradition of hunting with golden eagles, whose wingspan can reach up to 7.5 feet wide. Though this practice has traditionally been the domain of men, Aisholpan decides that she wants to become an apprentice hunter after spending her childhood helping her father, a renowned eagle hunter, care for his birds. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather—and very few others—Aisholpan learns all aspects of falconry, from taming her very own eagle to training for an annual competition, where she will compete against 70 eagle hunters on her quest to gain acceptance.

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Release : 2016
Rating : 7.5
Studio : Kissaki Films,  Stacey Reiss Productions, 
Crew : Director of Photography,  Editor, 
Cast : Daisy Ridley
Genre : Adventure Documentary Family

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Lack of good storyline.


Just perfect...


The story-telling is good with flashbacks.The film is both funny and heartbreaking. You smile in a scene and get a soulcrushing revelation in the next.

Robert Joyner

The plot isn't so bad, but the pace of storytelling is too slow which makes people bored. Certain moments are so obvious and unnecessary for the main plot. I would've fast-forwarded those moments if it was an online streaming. The ending looks like implying a sequel, not sure if this movie will get one


The Eagle Huntress is a true soul candy. An inspiring story beautifully filmed. It is very interesting to see how different life is in the Altai mountains, unaffected by time and the modern world and yet, the people seem to be happy and get by despite living in harsh conditions. It is also the story of hope, dreams and change of tradition. A young girl who wishes to become the first eagle huntress and breaks traditions that are hundreds of years old. Her loving father fully supports here on her journeys and the bond between them is truly touching. It would be a shame to lose more words over it since it would be best if you start watching it a soon as possible. You will not regret it.


"The Eagle Huntress" is a heartwarming picture...something you really wouldn't expect from a documentary! And, it shows that despite our many differences, many values are universal.The film is set in rural Mongolia. Fortunately, the narration (Daisy Ridley) is in English and you folks who hate captions won't have to struggle too much! It's the story of a very unusual 13 year-old, as she is working to be the first female ever to compete in trials with her Golden Eagle...and many of her countrymen are dubious about a girl...and a young one at that...having the right to even compete. Fortunately, her family is quite different, as her parents, particularly her father, are immensely proud of her. Seeing and hearing them interact...that was special and the film is both heartwarming and inspiring to know that many of our values and aspirations are universal. Very well made and well worth seeing.

Torsten Klimmer

This film reignited my love for documentary. The movie in itself often feels like an acted feature film where some of the scenes could be staged, but they are not! The purity of expression, the story, and the cinematography, as well as the editing are exceptional! It made me wonder how it is possible to even capture something like this - technically and humanly speaking? The film could have been improved by using a professional narrator's voice, but what blew it (a little) for me was the final (title) song. Otherwise most sound was beautiful, although at times, the audio felt a bit cliché and harshly mixed. A truly amazing movie! Wow, what an accomplishment.


If it plays anywhere near you, I recommend seeing "The Eagle Huntress"; a true life adventure of a 13-year old nomadic girl from Mongolia who becomes the first recognized female to train a 15-pound eagle to hunt with her on horseback. It's a wonderful movie of a family living and surviving in a barren and forbidding land. Yet the photography is beautiful and the aerial shots using a drone were spectacular. In our ultra-connected world, it is easy to forget that there are people existing meagerly in the world as they have for generations and at the very edge of modernity. This movie was assisted by the Sundance Institute and exec produced by the noted documentarian, Morgan Spurlock, and the actress, Daisy Ridley, among others. It should be mentioned that only by the support by the viewing public that wonderful films like this will continue to be made.

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