Must Watch: Trailer for Inspiring Documentary 'The Eagle Huntress'

August 4, 2016
Source: NatGeo

The Eagle Huntress

Witness one girl's dream take flight. Sony Classics has unveiled the first trailer for The Eagle Huntress, directed by Otto Bell, one of my favorite documentaries out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film follows the story of a young teenage girl in Mongolia named Aisholpan, living in the mountains with her family, who becomes the first ever female "Eagle Hunter" in over 2,000 years male dominance in their culture. Beyond telling an inspiring and exhilarating story, the film features some beautiful cinematography of the Mongolian region where she lives. I was totally enamored by this documentary when I first saw it at Sundance, and I've been raving about it ever since. I hope it finds a big audience here in the US and inspires many others. Oh and to top it off, Daisy Ridley narrates the film and helped produce it as well. Don't miss.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Otto Bell's documentary The Eagle Huntress, originally on NatGeo:

The Eagle Huntress Poster

Also read Jordan Raup's review on The Film Stage calling this "one of the year's essential documentaries."

This spellbinding documentary follows the inspiring story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting an ingrained culture of misogyny to become the first female Eagle Hunter in over 2,000 years of male-dominated history. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing important universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. The Eagle Huntress is directed by filmmaker Otto Bell, making his feature directorial debut after following Aisholpan for two years. He has directed over 15 short documentaries before this. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Sony Classics will open The Eagle Huntress in theaters starting November 2nd this fall.

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Mongolia is one of those countris I don't know much about. Except through history, of course. Vast and largely uninhabited if I am not mistaken. Looks like an adventure, anyway ...

shiboleth on Aug 4, 2016


A buddy of mine visited for a month. He drank alcoholic, fermented milk that he proclaimed, "the worst alcohol he every tried!". They also use a Cyrillic alphabet, like Russian.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2016


Like I said, that must be some adventure. Oh, I can only imagine the taste of that drink. Some twenty years ago, I had a friend who was Mongolian guy. Funny and very strange person. I spent time with him since I had interest in his culture. But the guy didn't know very much or wasn't able to communicate it with me and was here mostly because he wanted to see Europe. I was, of course, polite to him. Very soon, he started to drink too much, so we parted since I was never a good drinking buddy (except when it comes to some nice women). That's my connection to Mongolia and sometimes I think of that country as interesting. Thanks David...

shiboleth on Aug 5, 2016


Mongolia is also famous for it's treasure trove of dinosaur fossils, the most famous of which being a Velociraptor (which, in real life, were about the size of turkeys, and covered with plumage, and not those cloned monstrosities from "Jurassic Park/World"), and a Protoceratops (a sheep-sized relative of Triceratops, but with no horns), that both died while locked in combat, some 80 million years ago. The fossil(s) are now considered a national treasure in the country.

Mark Brackney on Aug 6, 2016


Well, thanks for that. What can I say, nice of you to give a try about that. I read a lot of stuff and things like this trailer and what you posted here remind me that there's always something more I don't know enough about it. Thank you, man, one more time. And cheers...

shiboleth on Aug 6, 2016


Now that is a poster! I have heard nothing but good things concerning this doco and that prettyich guarantees I will be seeing it. The trailer was magnificent.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2016


Such lovely people...beautiful children. I love their rosy cheeks!!

kitano0 on Aug 5, 2016

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