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.
Better than Khaleesi and her dragons on Game of Thrones
Defying 2,000 years of tradition, 13 year old Aisholpan Nurgaiv inspires all around her with her skill, humor and persistence. This is both an incredible coming of age story and a reminder that we all should dream big. In the film, Aisholpan and her family introduce us to the incredible culture and tradition of the Kazakh nomadic herding people who live in the Altai Mountains region of western Mongolia, basically on the border of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. Over the years this beautiful land, which the film uses drones to capture in all its splendor, has gone back and forth between Russia and China but is now part of independent Mongolia. Although Aisholpan steals the show here, the narration by Daisy Ridley keeps this exciting true life story incredibly engaging. I left the film both inspired and in awe. Total female empowerment film! As a proud father of two daughters, I can't wait for them both to see the film again with me!
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