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.
Female empowerment is the name of the game in this evenly delivered, beautifully shot documentary that's narrated by Star Wars' Rey aka Daisy Ridley.
The journey of 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian Aisholpan, is simply executed and delivered perfectly engagingly to family audiences.
It may be a traditional coming of age tale in many ways, showcased among the Mongolian mountains and in the competitions of the ages, but it's never anything less than a marvel at what others have to go through.
Occasionally though, the film relies on over-egging the pudding and blasting the message of empowerment as Aisholpan negotiates her way through centuries of tradition and the scorn of those who feel she's trampling on the past.
But, with a fair degree of pluck and naivety, she's one to watch and you can't help but get sucked into her world and end up wanting her to succeed.
What's more important about The Eagle Huntress though is the message of the father / daughter relationship that shines through above all. As the supportive father backs her all the way in her endeavours and never once listens to the doubters, it's this which is the more important part of Eagle Huntress and one which speaks to an eternal familial bond that soars higher than the titular eagle does.
The Eagle Huntress may not be the most in-depth documentary you've ever seen, but in terms of its familial appeal and imagery, it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
Releases: 5th January 2017
Duration: 87 minutes
Duration: 87 minutes
Starring: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley
Director: Otto Bell (Debut)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress 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 on the film.