“The Eagle Huntress,” the extraordinary true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl who trained to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, is coming to theaters this fall.
Screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics acquired the documentary back in February and has just released the first trailer. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film is narrated by Daisy Ridley and directed by Otto Bell.
The story follows the young girl as she rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While many old Kazakh eagle hunters have rejected the idea of a women taking part in the sport, Aisholpan’s father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined.
This inspirational narrative perfectly captures Aisholpan as she works hard, refuses to give up and overcomes many obstacles to make her dreams come true.
The documentary is executive produced by Ridley and Morgan Spurlock and produced by Stacy Reiss, Sharon Chang and Bell. It also features an original song, “Angel by the Wings,” performed and co-written by Sia.
“The Eagle Huntress” opens in New York and Los Angeles on October 28, followed by nationwide expansion.