The Eagle Huntress

2016

Adventure  Documentary  Sport  

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Thiyow 9 / 10

Great Way to Spend Christmas Night

The Eagle Huntress was a fascinating documentary. I've never known that eagle hunting was such a big part of Mongolian culture. Aisholpan's story to becoming the first female eagle hunter (or "eagle huntress") is heartwarming, exciting, and definitely worth learning about. The documentary does an excellent job detailing her connection with her eaglet, her motivation to become an eagle hunter, and, possibly most unnoticed but maybe the most important, her relationship with her family, and, specifically, her father, who supports and guides her to becoming the first ever female eagle huntress, despite doubts by some upper class eagle hunters. The story isn't without its exciting moments, either. The only problem I had with this documentary was the absence of closure. The documentary was fairly short - only 87 minutes - so I think that an extra five to ten minutes concluding the story would be have been time well spent. Despite that blip, this documentary is well-made and excellent - and the story is compelling.

Reviewed by gavin-crescenzo 9 / 10

Absolutely Magnificent

It is rare we see a film these days that encapsulates so much inspiration, truth, emotion, natural and artistic beauty all in one. It has succeeded in sharing more then one powerful message to its viewers and our youth especially, with a main theme being that hard work determination and support can achieve anything, no matter how big the challenge or norm. These real life characters were sensationally captured by the film maker, sharing their way of life, motivations and inner drive through a breath taking use of landscape, cinematography and directorship, without at all spoiling the simple perfections underlying the characters and location. There is not a gender, age group, or type of person who would not be moved by this film and enamored by the beauty of Mongolia, its people and the director and crew who so eloquently captured this story at the end of the earth and were talented and kind enough to share it with the word.

Reviewed by bkrauser-81-311064 9 / 10

A Stunningly Realized Film

Since The Eagle Huntress is a documentary, I will do it the courtesy of getting directly to the point. The movie is stunning. It's beautifully shot, incredibly rendered and a substantial storytelling treat. It's the rare documentary that takes its admittedly small subject matter, a girl and her pet eagle, and capitalizes on the rich opportunities therein. Furthermore, if you took out Daisy Ridley's narration, and the side interviews that hammer home the fact that you're watching a girl power film in the best possible sense, you'd swear this film was a narrative feature.The Eagle Huntress is the moniker of the young Aisholpan Nurgaiv; a 13-year-old girl who sheds tradition to take part in a sport exclusively for the males of her culture. For more than twelve generations, Aisholpan's ancestors used eagles to compete in falconry competitions, hunt for foxes and gain a form of status among the nomadic tribes of the Mongolian steppes. Tribal leaders and fellow Eagle Hunters of course, balk at the idea of Aisholpan's inclusion. But with the help of her supportive father (an accomplished Eagle Hunter in his own rite), Aisholpan tirelessly goes through the training to become the first female Eagle Huntress in history.Part of her journey includes taking part in the Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia, where Aisholpan and her eaglet compete in a myriad of events to determine the best of the best. Whether on purpose or a happy accident, the camera fastidiously captures every event with careful and visceral consideration. The blithe and even hostile looks people give our hero as she trots her horse towards the sign-in booth, gives the audience so much to invest in. The cherry on top is Aisholpan's newly minted hair pompoms which hang on her braids like an announcement of the changing winds.Tucked in-between the festival and Aisholpan's first foray into winter time fox hunting are exquisite depictions of everyday nomadic life on the perilous steppe. Aisholpan and her young siblings play along the borders of their parents yert as the austere mountains threaten to envelope their livelihood. You get a sense both of the dangers of living in such inhospitable lands, and the allure of such a quaint and insulated existence among grass, rock and pebbled riverbeds. Though the majesty and the quiet dignity, there looms an omnipresent reality; these tribal groups have been living like this since before Napoleon, Charles II and the founding of the United States and will continue to do so far into the future.If there is one drawback to a documentary this beautiful inside and out, it comes out of the blurring of reality and staged reality. Director Otto Bell has made it clear in interviews that parts of the film are edited out of chronological order in order to belabor its feminist message. Furthermore, if you're hyper-aware of the camera and its placement it's impossible not to conclude several shots were not candid shots. While I understand why these things were included, and while I agree that they don't necessarily break the tenuous rules of documentary film making, they hardly seem necessary given the subject.And my what a multifaceted subject Aisholpan proves to be. Her steadfast love for her family, her spirit in the face of adversity and her uncompromising zeal for the sport she loves so very much, is enough to rank among the best coming-of-age stories. She's impossible not to root for - and I guarantee by the end, you'll love her for it.

Reviewed by jdesando 9 / 10

Beautiful and uplifting

"It's not a choice, it's a calling that has to be in your blood." Aisholpan's father, Nurgaiv.Rarely does a documentary tell it like it is; manipulative docs sometimes embellish with contrived conflicts or outrageously obvious re-creations. The Eagle Huntress needs no phony clashes or extensive re-enactments, for its hero is 13 year old Aisholpan, from Asia's Altai Mountains, the first female Kazakh in twelve generations to be a bona fide eagle huntress.The Eagle Huntress is so beautifully shot you'd almost book passage to visit this isolated world in Mongolia by the China border. Director Otto Bell said, "It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there." The air and sky are clear like we in the city have never seen, and the nomadic tribe that gives us Aisolpan is so loving and innocent as to make us wonder what our modern technology has taken from us.I guess I am most impressed that the modern notion of female empowerment is played without histrionics among elders who question her fitness as a woman to compete in the annual Golden Eagle Festival. Aisholpan is the perfect model for early teen film goers: fresh faced, wide smiled, and ready for challenges. Director Otto Bell lets the male power gently give in to the age of feminism without acting like stupid old guys.The Eagle Huntress works not just as a tract supporting the new woman but also as a treatise on simple, authentic life style where what one does trumps what one says. By the way, she's a perfect role model because she lacks the self-absorbed qualities of today's female heroes.It's beautiful and uplifting in the most honest way a doc can be.

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