The Eagle Huntress is a nice little documentary about one 13-year-old girl’s journey to upset a bunch of old men.
In Mongolia, young Aisholpan wants to become the first ever Kazakh eagle huntress, following in the footsteps of her family’s 12 generations of male eagle hunters.
With the blessing from her parents and grandfather, The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan’s journey to find and train her own eagle and get it ready to compete.
This film gives the audience a really modest look at life in Mongolia, especially for families living in very remote areas away from any cities.
Narrated by Daisy Ridley, who you may recognise from Star Wars: The Force Awakens or from 5 seconds in the first episode of Toast of London, the documentary is there to capture every moment behind Aisholpan’s success as an eagle huntress.
The film is very light-hearted yet very heart-warming, inter-cutting the high points of her training or competing with interviews with much older male eagle hunters who say women should be milking cows rather than training eagles.
Despite the film feeling very scripted at times, you’re never not supporting Aisholpan and you can’t help but smile as she achieves her goals.
Aisholpan herself seems like such a nice person, constantly smiling and just having a very positive outlook on everything in general.
While she’s trying to break through into a male dominated sport, she doesn’t let that get in the way of her being her, as she still continues to paint her nails and do what other 13 year old girls in her area do.
She more than proves herself as an eagle huntress, and it’s really satisfying to see the looks on all the old men’s faces who doubted her.
My final verdict is that this is a really nice movie to watch, and eagles are cool.