The Eagle Huntress

USA, UK, Mongolia, 2016, 87 min.


Otto Bell


Ramonda ink


Simon Niblett


Kissaki Films, 19340 Productions, Stacey Reiss Productions

Set against the majestic backdrop of the Altai Mountains of Northwestern Mongolia, this is a spellbinding true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl who will break a 2,000 years of male-dominated tradition to become the first female hunter. Under the guidance of her father – a Master Eagle Hunter – she will capture a golden eagle chick from its nest on the mountain cliff and learn the ancient art of hunting foxes on a horse back with the help of wild eagle. Charismatic Aisholpan is a real life role model on an epic and inspiring journey pushing her limits to compete in the annual Golden Eagle Festival against 70 experienced male Eagle Hunters to prove that “a girl can do anything a boy can, so long as she is determined”.


Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv, Alma Dalaykhan, Daisy Ridley (narrator’s voice)

2016 Sundance FF (USA) – Sundance Kids section
Toronto IFF (Canada) – TIFF. Kids section
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Otto Bell

Lives in Manhattan, but originally hails from Northern England. Graduate of Oxford University. Directed over 15 documentary films as far afield as Uganda, Japan, Egypt and Vietnam for brands such as IBM and Philips. During a decade in the industry he has also created and produced multi-award winning world affairs programming such as HORIZONS on BBC World News and SHUNYA on Times Now of India.

Selected filmography

2016 The Eagle Huntress