Moira and I went along to the Watershed yesterday afternoon (who needs to shop for Christmas presents anyway?) to see Otto Bell’s extraordinary documentary film “The Eagle Huntress”. It features a 13 year-old nomadic Mongolian girl, who causes something of a stir in her tribe by challenging the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter (which had been passed on within families from father to son for centuries).
the support of her father and grandfather, this girl (named Aisholpan) sets out
to compete in the all-male Golden Eagle Festival. Indeed, Aisholpan is the true
star of this film – with her round, red face and her absolutely captivating
smile and manner.
I loved this film.
perhaps to our western eyes, it’s not exactly politically correct (Aisholpan
has to remove a baby golden eagle from is its nest and, once trained, to use it
to hunt) but, I can assure you, it’s wonderfully fascinating to watch.
scenery is stunning. The colours of the clothes are vibrant. There’s something
absolutely entrancing about watching Aisholpan gallop effortlessly on horseback
across one of the world’s true wildernesses… and, of course, there’s the beauty
of watching majestic golden eagles in flight!
Joyful and uplifting.
Or, as Aisholpan might call to her
H U U K A A !!
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