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The Eagle Huntress (2016)

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Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.


Otto Bell
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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The spellbinding true story about a 13-year-old girl on an epic journey to gain victory in a faraway land. See more »


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UK | Mongolia | USA



Release Date:

16 December 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eagle Huntress See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,574, 6 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,169,211, 12 May 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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. See more »


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Angel by the Wings
Music By Greg Kurstin, Sia
Performed by Sia
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Better than Khaleesi and her dragons on Game of Thrones
26 October 2016 | by kbrownsirkSee all my reviews

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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