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The Eagle Huntress (2016)

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The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Herself (as Aisholpan)
Rys Nurgaiv ...


This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$52,574 (USA) (4 November 2016)


$2,460,976 (USA) (6 January 2017)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley saw an early cut of this film and loved it so much that she wanted to be a part of it. She is now credited as an executive producer on the film. See more »


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Music By Greg Kurstin, Sia
Performed by Sia
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Outstanding exploration of Mongolian nomadic life
10 September 2016 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Not only does this film trace the remarkable achievements of the teenage girl Aisholpan who handles very major challenges in achieving the goal of becoming the first female ever to become a successful hunter using the eaglet she has trained from a nestling, but it also portrays the life of Kazakh nomadic herders in the Altai region of Mongolia better than any of the other Mongolian herder films I have seen (even the Weeping Camel, which was also outstanding). I have travelled in this area of Mongolia and the adjacent part of Xinjiang in China - it is a very tough environment for the people who live there, and making such a technically difficult film must have been extraordinarily challenging. The scenes where Aisholpan captures her eaglet and where the eagle catches its first fox are breathtaking, and the scenes showing the interactions among these very traditional people of the Altai region are so totally realistic the film makers must have established very good relationships with them first.

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