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After I viewed this film, I did what I normally do - surf the web for information about the director, the movie, the actors, etc. Unfortunately, I didn't do this before I wrote my blog. Had I done so, I would have said that while this is a "true" story, there is a certain amount of question as to some of what we are led to believe. Many thanks to Meghan Fitz-James for her comment and head's up.
I bring this up, not to discourage anyone from seeing the film, which is truly breathtaking, but so that those who do see it are aware that Aisholpan is not the first eagle huntress in the history of Mongolia. She may be the first in her own family, but eagle huntresses have over a 2,000 year history, according to Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University History professor.
I wish that the promoters of the film had done a better job at telling the truth behind the history. Women's history has been negated, twisted and ignored for far too long. Creating false impressions does nothing to help women's history.
All this said, I still believe that the story in and of itself is lovely. Seeing a father and daughter working so gently and lovingly with each other is heartwarming. Seeing the dedication and the determination of this young girl to live her dream is equally inspiring.
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On this International Women's Day, Roger got us a film to watch that celebrates the tenacity and courage of women. The Eagle Huntress is one of the most beautifully filmed movies I have ever seen.
Director, Otto Bell's telling of young Aisholpan's dream of becoming an eagle huntress and her father's support of her dream are simply heartwarming and inspirational.
What I took from the film is something I learned many years ago. The people in our lives who, during those tender years of maturing, support and encourage our dreams, give us the greatest gift we can receive.
I recommend this movie for everyone. I give it two thumbs up, five stars and a standing ovation!
To all the amazing, strong, courageous, tenacious, talented and beautiful women in my life - Thank you for your inspiration, instruction, support, encouragement, sympathy, kindness, friendship and most of all, your love! I am blessed to be me, because of you!