Run time: 87 mins

Director: Otto Bell

Cast: Daisy Ridley (narrator), Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv

Synopsis: ‘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. 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.


This spellbinding documentary is one of the most inspirational films of the year, showing Aishoplan, a 13-year-old girl as she rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

The empathy and shared love between Aishoplan and her father is a joy to behold as he supports, teaches and inspires her in her quest to become an Eagle Huntress.

A truly wonderful film for everyone, full of captivating insights into a little-known but fascinating way of life, full of bravery and struggles over nature.  Aishoplan’s journey is a shining beacon of equality and empowerment showing that you can achieve what you want if you work hard enough.

Images courtesy of ALTITUDE FILMS