Being an avid bird watcher, The Eagle Huntress was on my bucket list for this reason alone, but after seeing the film, I came away with a whole lot more. The captivating heroine, 13 year-old Aisholopan, never doubts her abilities when she embarks on a journey only men have previously enjoyed, the ancient art of eagle hunting.
This is Otto Bell's documentary set against the breathtaking scenery of the Mongolian steppe that captures some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography (by Simon Niblett) that I've ever seen.
The movie opens with daring Aisholophan watching her father and his elders capturing, training and competing with their majestic eagles, a dream she grows up with and eventually hopes to achieve. Her family is supportive much to the chagrin of the traditionalist community.
It's a struggle against all odds with exciting twists and turns and, of course, that scenery. It's an ancient tale with modern lessons for us all, especially young women.
I laughed, I cried and, at the end, my spirit was soaring, just like Aisholpan's beautiful golden eagle.
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