4 October 2017 8pm
Director: Otto Bell, Documentary/Adventure, 87 mins (U)
The Eagle Huntress is a stunning and inspiring documentary that feels like a fairytale, set in the Altai mountains of Mongolia. It follows 13-year-old girl Aisholpan’s talent in the Kazakh tradition of eagle-hunting that has been handed down for centuries.
Directed by Otto Bell. He previously produced the short documentary HumanXDesign (2016).
The documentary has so far won 8 international awards with a further 18 nominations.
Language: Kazakh. It is narrated by Daisy Ridley.
Filmed in entirely in Mongolia.
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.
“[This] documentary soars thanks to its charming star.”
Tim Robey, The Telegraph (***)
“You want to know more about what Aisholpan is thinking behind that shy determined smile. But that’s not her way. You can imagine her as the gutsy heroine of a Disney animation.”
Cath Clarke, Time Out (****)