Story

The Eagle Huntress is a documentary that follows the extraordinary life of Aisholpan Nurgai, a 13-year-old from a nomadic Mongolian tribe. Aisholpan dreams of becoming an eagle hunter, a skill that has been passed down through 12 generations of her family. It’s a role completely dominated by men, and it takes enormous courage and strength of character for Aisholpan to break through the gender stereotypes of her community to realise her dreams. Aisholpan is a true heroine. The movie highlights her incredible bond with her father, who is her most staunch supporter, as well as the mesmerising relationship that builds between her and her very own golden eagle.

Themes

Cultural connections to the land and traditional practices like hunting; challenging gender roles and stereotypes; father-daughter bonds

Violence

The Eagle Huntress has some violence including animal hunting. For example, there are several graphic scenes that show people using eagles to hunt foxes in the wild.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
Children this age group might be disturbed by the hunting scenes in The Eagle Huntress, which show animals being caught and skinned.

From 5-8
Children in this group might be disturbed by the hunting scenes in The Eagle Huntress.

8-13
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in in The Eagle Huntress.

Over 13
Nothing of concern.

Sexual references

None of concern

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Coarse language

None of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

The Eagle Huntress is a moving story about following your dreams, despite challenges. It’s a true story of strength, bravery and love. It’s a great movie for both boys and girls because it has important messages about gender stereotypes. The movie also provides a fascinating insight into a different culture.

The Eagle Huntress is most suitable for children aged eight years and over. It has hunting scenes that might upset younger children. It also has English subtitles, which children need to be able to read.

If you and your children see this movie, you could talk together about why traditional gender roles exist and why people resist change.