• View Trailer

    The Eagle Huntress

    Directed by Otto Bell
    UK/Mongolia/U.S. | 87 minutes | 10 Directors to Watch

  • View Trailer

    The Eagle Huntress

    Directed by Otto Bell
    UK/Mongolia/U.S. | 87 minutes | 10 Directors to Watch

An enchanting and empowering non-fiction film shot and edited with the virtuosity of a big studio feature, Bell’s soaring debut is the story of 13-year-old Aisholpan, destined to teach her clan’s elders that yes, a girl can hunt with a golden eagle just like a boy, only better.

Schedule

January 3, 2017 4:30 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available

film synopsis

An enchanting and empowering non-fiction film shot and edited with the virtuosity of a big studio feature, Otto Bell's debut is the story of 13-year-old Aisholpan, destined to become the first girl in twelve generations of her nomadic Kazakh family to hunt with golden eagles. The elders in the clan take a dim view of the idea, but as her father recognizes, Aisholpan is a natural, and as he trains her to - in turn - train an eaglet in the arts of fox hunting, it becomes exhilaratingly evident there will be no stopping her.

Aside from the cherubic, uncomplaining and always intrepid Aisholpan herself, the movie features rhapsodic images of the stunning Altai mountain range in Mongolia, as well as equally beautiful shots of the Kazakh's traditional outfits and (solar-panelled!) yurts. But sweeping, swooping drone footage of the young woman and her bird, Akkatnat (White Wings) is where The Eagle Huntress truly soars - it's a film to raise spirits and expectations alike.

"A beautiful, thrilling journey to a part of the world that is still largely inaccessible." Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

film details

Country: UK/Mongolia/U.S.
Year: 2016
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: Kazakh
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Otto Bell
Producers: Stacey Reiss, Sharon Chang, Otto Bell
Cinematographers: Simon Niblett
Editor: Pierre Takal
Music: Jingle Punks, Jeff Peters
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classic

guests in attendance

Otto Bell – Director

Featured Films


The Women’s Balcony

   More Information

The Unknown Girl

   More Information

2017 PS Film Festival