Past Event17 Jul - 24 Jul 2016

The Eagle Huntress

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The Civic


Thirteen-year-old falconry prodigy Aisholpan is ready to train her very own eagle to catch foxes in The Eagle Huntress – ending two millennia of Kazakh-Mongolian tradition that dictates this practice as the exclusive rite of men. Executive produced by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and Star Wars heroine Daisy Ridley, the film, set in the glorious remote Altai Mountains, follows Aisholpan as she bravely undertakes all aspects of ancient eagle hunting tradition.

"Step aside, Katniss! Make room for Aisholpan, the 13-year-old eagle huntress from Mongolia. 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.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography and intimate footage, this film not only explores the life of a young girl striving to pursue her passion and break down gender barriers in a very traditional culture but also provides an engaging glimpse into the lives of this remote community, as they balance their traditional lifestyle with the modern world." - Sundance Film Festival

The Eagle Huntress

USA 2016 
87 mins

Director: Otto Bell

Producers: Stacey Reiss, Sharon Chang

Executive producers: Morgan Spurlock, Daisy Ridley, Jeremy Chilnick, Susan MacLaury, Barbara Dobkin, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully, Marc H. Simon

Photography: Simon Niblett

Editor: Pierre Takal

Music: Sia

With: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Nurgaiv Rys, Alma Dalaykhan

Festivals: Sundance 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.


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