I’ve partnered with Blog Meets Brand and Sony Pictures Classics to bring you this article on The Eagle Huntress. It’s a documentary set in Mongolia that is perfect for the whole family.
The Eagle Huntress is the true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who dreams of becoming an eagle hunter like her father. Eagle hunting is a traditional Kazakh sport of hunting for foxes and small game with a Golden Eagle. It’s a tradition usually passed down from father to son. The film follows Aisholpan as she trains her eaglet to become the first female eagle hunter.
Documentaries give you a glimpse into the life, culture, and inhabitants of other destinations. The Eagle Huntress is set in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. You’ll fall in love with stunning views of this rugged landscape. Peak into the life of Aisholpan’s nomadic family and learn about the her rich cultural heritage.
I find Mongolian nomadic life interesting because it is so different from my life. Their culture is based on ancient traditions with a unique way of looking at the land/nature. It’s so foreign to the tech based world my family lives in. We have studied it at home and my children have studied it further while in public school. We recently sat down and watched this film together.
My daughter is now 11 and my sons are 14 and 9. We have always taught them that anything is possible if they work for it and encourage them to follow their dreams. I wanted my children to watch this film because those messages are extremely strong. Although eagle hunting has been a sport exclusive to Kazakh men, Aisholpan’s family is extremely supportive of her dream and provides her with the knowledge and skills she needs to succeed.
During the film, Aisholpan is met with resistance and criticism because she is a female in what has been a male only sport. Despite male community leaders being openly critical of her, Aisholpan’s family and especially her father, guide her to do her best and hold her head up. My daughter strongly identified with Aisholpan and liked that she held her head up and followed her heart even though others were laughing at her. I won’t give away the ending of the film, but my daughter was empowered to follow the film’s example and follow her dreams.
Good films are perfect vehicles to start a dialogue with children. Our family has talked about The Eagle Huntress’ main themes of family support, equality, and following your dreams quite a bit since watching the film. Although our life’s and Aisholpan’s are very different, we are able to see similarities and discuss them. For several nights, we talked about them around the dinner table and how it related to events in the news or things that happened in school.
As an added bonus, Sia’s song “Angels by the Wings” is featured at the end of the film. Its message of female empowerment, self-esteem, belonging, gender equity, following your dreams is perfect for the film. The Eagle Huntress is narrated by Daisy Ridley “Rey” from Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens. She and Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me, were the executive producers on the film.
The Eagle Huntress is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital. Get it here and watch it with your family today!