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The Eagle Huntress
Saturday 4th November in the Village Hall
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 27 mins  Rated: G (Subtitles)
For 2,000 years, the Kazakh people of the Altai region in western Mongolia have practiced a tradition of hunting with golden eagles, whose wingspan can reach up to 7.5 feet wide. Traditionally the domain of men, Aisholpan, after spending her childhood helping her father to care for his birds, decides that she wants to become an apprentice hunter. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather, Aisholpan learns every aspect of falconry, from taming her very own eagle, to training it for an annual competition, where she will seek to compete against 70 eagle hunters in her quest to gain acceptance.
One of the most beautifully shot movies of all time, it features breathtaking cinematography and intimate footage. “The Eagle Huntress” explores the life of a young girl striving to pursue her passion whilst at the same time challenging gender barriers in a very traditional culture.  It further provides an engaging glimpse into the lives of this remote community as they balance their traditional lifestyle with a slowly encroaching modern world.
The film captures Aisholpan’s personal journey, while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.  The innate bravery of this young girl and her belief that anything is possible, mixed with a father's complete support and love for his child, provides a moving, exciting and very special experience.

An extraordinary true story about family, tradition & the courage it takes to soar!    Please do not miss “The Eagle Huntress”.