The Eagle Huntress


Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:87 min.
Director:Otto Bell
Producer:Otto Bell
Sharon Chang
Stacey Reiss
Editor:Pierre Takal
Cast:Daisy Ridley
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:David Fear


For centuries in Mongolia, men have hunted with eagles—fearsome, noble creatures they’ve trained to attack and capture foxes, in order to obtain the pelts that will help them survive the region’s brutal, unforgiving winters. Tradition has dictated that it’s always been the duty of men, until 13-year-old Aisholpan decides she wants to become the very first eagle huntress. The elders frown on the idea that a girl could perform such a masculine task. But with the help of her father and an eaglet she’s helped raise since its early years, she may be able to win the annual eagle-hunting championship and prove that she has what it takes. Part family-friendly nature documentary and part parable of female empowerment, Otto Bell’s stunning you-are-there look at one young woman and her bird of prey may very well be the most inspiring nonfiction girl-power film of the year.
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Additional Information

Otto Bell runs Courageous, a commercial studio of filmmakers and designers based in New York. He has directed over fifteen documentary films as far afield as Uganda, Japan, Egypt, and Vietnam for brands such as IBM and Philips. During a decade in the industry, he has also created and produced multi-award winning world affairs programming such as “Horizons” on BBC World News and “Shunya” on Times Now of India. Otto is a graduate of Oxford University and the prestigious WPP Fellowship Scheme. He lives in Manhattan, but originally hails from Northern England.