Flash Movie Review: The Eagle Huntress

ONE of my first supervisors in fitness was a woman; I was one of only two male fitness instructors on staff. It was not a big deal to me because I did not care about my boss’ gender. My concern was having a boss who would support me since the job there was early in my health and fitness career. All went fine for the most part, but I have to say the staff meetings annoyed me and the other male instructor. Half the meeting the two of us would sit there as the other instructors talked about their kids, hot looking celebrities, fashion and female health issues; in other words, nothing about the health club or its program. Gratefully this was not the norm because as I added more health clubs to my schedule I had other female supervisors and that type of conversation never happened during our meetings.   GOING on a parallel course was my business career. I will never forget one of my first jobs where I was hired around the holidays. At a family function I mentioned the new job and a relative asked if I liked my boss. I used a pronoun to refer to my boss by saying, I thought she was cool. The relative had a puzzled look on their face and asked me if I felt okay having a woman as a boss. In my head I was screaming, “Are you kidding me!?” I told them it made no difference to me if my boss was a man or woman. As far as I was concerned good or bad bosses are not based on gender. Since I am speaking about gender in the work place I cannot confirm if true but I read a statistical piece that stated, based on current trends, women will reach parity with men in the workplace in 170 years. That means women will have equal pay and ½ of the bosses will be female. With that little tidbit how can you not love the 13 year old girl in this film festival winning documentary?   HAVING been born into a family with a long line of eagle hunters all Aisholpan wanted to do was be one of them. The only problem with that was her being a female. This family adventure film was absolutely gorgeous to watch on the big screen. The aerial views of Mongolia’s landscapes were beautiful to me. I have always been a fan of eagles, ever since a camp counselor brought one to our class one day, so this story intrigued me greatly. What I found charming about this film was its simplicity. Seeing and hearing about the townsfolk along with me witnessing a lifestyle foreign from mine, I found myself being drawn into Aisholpan’s life. Especially with our current times this coming of age and female empowerment story seemed so appropriate. Let me add I thought it was genius to have Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) narrate this documentary. One of the best things about this movie happened at the end; all the women and men in the audience applauded during the ending credits. Kazakh was spoken with English subtitles.


3 1/3 stars



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 16, 2016, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Looks like a must watch Documentary …

    Thank you so much for sharing this thoughtful review and the topic of women empowerment is really interesting to me, as I am working with a community based tourism programme with the key objective of women empowerment.

    I could see many women groups and working hard and competent enough to take on ventures run by men.

    As I worked for long in IT domain, I had both men and women bosses, and it is a tough call to take, whether one gender is better over the other.

    I am certainly looking forward to watch this documentary and have a beautiful day 🙂

    • Thank you Sreejith for your comments and kind words. It must be fulfilling and fascinating to be working on community based tourism programs with the idea of women empowerment. I certainly hope this film gets to you and you can see it soon. Be well with good health and joy.

  2. I just heard about this last night on NPR (All Things Considered). It looks interesting.

  3. I think in times past, women may have been pressed to act tougher and unbending in order to show they were capable. I am glad you had a good experience. I do know that women in charge can be more difficult for other women more so than men. Mostly because they can get hormonal and/or competitive. It is a fact that the bodies of some women who work or live together will sometimes, somehow synchronize with each other creating a more volatile environment. It’s quite interesting actually.

    • I have heard that about women being competitive with each other, where men don’t care. Very interesting and in my feelings, unproductive; thank you for the comments.

      • Well I’m not inclined to be competitive except in sports. LOL Men? Not a chance. They like me or don’t, I don’t worry about it, but some women can feel easily threatened or insecure around nice looking women especially. They have no clue that most nice looking women don’t think they are. I learned that when I worked for the airline and we were all hot looking and everyone of us didn’t think so. Haha

      • Thank you for the comments and providing a woman’s view of the situation.

  4. After reading your review, I did go to see this movie. You’re right about the gorgeous scenery and the beauty of this film. Thank you for encouraging me to see it. I loved seeing the culture – from the food, to the lifestyle and even the music. It was wonderful
    What I found especially touching, was Aisholpan’s relationship with her father. He was so open-minded and loving in overcoming the sexist viewpoint held by the rest of the community. That was powerful!

  5. The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the incite you provide in your reviews. We would like to encourage you to keep writing and never abandon this blog. I appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.
    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.

    • Thank you for taking the time to share you comments and kind words; I deeply appreciate them. I hope to keep going as long as I can, sharing stories, saving people’s money and seeing views from different sets of eyes. Once again thank you and I wish you and yours a happy holiday with good health for the new year.

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