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Protect golden eagles, which are endangered in many places around the globe. In England, RSPB. In the U.S., USFWS. Here is a petition to sign in Norway, to stop the killing of golden eagles.
“We wanted to capture as much of the magic and beauty as we could,” Niblett says. “But access to that part of Mongolia was limited and we were limited in terms of [budget and] what we could bring. We took the basics but were keen not to leave anything out that would compromise the cinematography.”
Read the article on the Hollywood Reporter.
Watch the Q&A with The Eagle Huntress director Otto Bell, hosted by Telegraph journalist Craig McLean on Vimeo.
“Eagle hunting is an ancient art which has been in existence on the Central Asian Steppe, from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan and Mongolia, for some 6,000 years. Societal and political changes have meant that this ancient practice is a dying tradition. But a new generation of Kazakhs, including girls for the first time, is determined to carry forward the ancient tradition of their forefathers.”
Continue reading on Ancient Origins.
“In 1990, Mongolia abandoned its 70-year-old Soviet-style one-party system in favour of political and economic reforms and multiparty elections.”
Find out more about Mongolia on BBC.
“After graduation I might study in a different city, far away from my homeland and my eagle. So I might release my eagle in two years, and stop hunting with eagles. But I also plan to teach my younger sister eagle hunting.”
Read the interview with Aisholpan Nurgaiv on the New York Times.
“Since the time of Kublai Kahn, the Kazakh people have allied with raptors to find sustenance in a barren, mountainous land.”
Continue reading on Audubon Magazine.
"Aisholpan is such a winning character that the movie works as a kind of heroine’s quest."
"The Eagle Huntress may be driven by its main character and her story, but it’s also a nature documentary, reveling in spectacular images of the Central Asian steppes and the snow peaks that surround them."
The New York Times
"Aisholpan doesn’t have to assume a masculine guise to reach her goal... In fact, she doesn’t have to deny her identity at all. This is why my favorite moment is when she puts vivid lavender polish on her nails before embarking on the long all-day journey on horseback to the festival. Now that is my kind of war paint."