The Eagle Huntress - a review

The Eagle Huntress Review


In PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) our teacher and Head of Year Mrs. Bell showed us “The Eagle Huntress”, an inspiring documentary produced and narrated by Tring Park's very own Daisy Ridley:“I watched it and was totally blown away by it.” The movie has been nominated for many awards including: BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film, Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures, and many more.

The documentary tells the story of 13 year-old Aisholpan , who’s training to become the first female eagle hunter in her traditional country, Mongolia. The young girl would be the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Although Aisholpan ’s father, Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can; the teenager must still battle the many old Kazakh eagle hunters who strongly disapprove the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition. I do have to warn you that the documentary includes some scenes where the Kazakhs do hunt and kill animals. Although we must all understand, that this is the way of life for these people. If the audience can get past this, than you can really appreciate the great story that Daisy is telling us.  

This film is exhilarating, and was very moving for my friends and I. Personally, I was inspired that even in the most remote areas of the world, girls are taking action in equalising the gender imbalance. I encourage you all to sit down and watch even a couple minutes of this documentary. It’s truly a fascinating and very well made film. 

Sophia Mucha - 2nd Form