I recently attended a screening of The Eagle Huntress, a story of girl empowerment, following Aisholpan, a young girl from a nomadic family in Mongolia, who learns to hunt with golden eagles, a tradition that the men in her family have participated in for 12 generations. The rest of the audience was 60 teenage girls, all members of Girls, Inc., a non-profit which aims to inspire all girls to be “strong, smart and bold.”

After the film, the audience was treated to meeting a golden eagle rescue animal named Tessa.The-Eagle-Huntress-dvd

The film is set in Mongolia, and portrays the daily life Aisholpan and her family leads, and the things they must do in order to survive the harsh conditions of this very inhospitable terrain.

the Mongolian setting for the Eagle Huntress

The culture Aisholpan comes from is very traditional and male-dominated, and yet, with their support, she becomes the first female eagle huntress in 12 generations of her Kazakh family.

The film also focuses on Aisholpan & her father – an incredible relationship where he believes a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she is determined. He supports her and coaches her as she learns the ways of the eagle hunters.

Aisholpan smiling the eagle huntress

Although the setting for this story feels a million miles away from the life most girls lead here in Los Angeles, and although the traditions she studies are thousands of years old, her story is also a modern and inspiring one, representing a world where a young girl’s dreams—no matter how challenging—can come true.

The film is directed by Otto Bell and narrated by Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII).

The Eagle Huntress has a running time of 87 minutes and is rated G. The film is currently available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com and was an invited guest at the screening of the film.



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