Way back in the early days of my blog, (April 16th 2014 to be precise), I wrote a post about Aisholpan, a 13-year-old eagle hunter. She was training to become the first female eagle hunter in her Mongolian tribe in over 12 generations.
I’m pleased to say that her story has since been turned into a documentary, with narration by Daisy Ridley, directed by Otto Bell, and shot in large parts by drone-mounted cameras. And more impressive still, the film had no budget, and was recorded in some of the most remote areas known to man.
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.