Story of 13-Year-Old Kazakh Eagle Huntress Girl Shown at Sundance Film Festival

ASTANA – A documentary film “Berkutchi” (Eagle Huntress) was produced about a famous Kazakh girl eagle huntress from Mongolia, Tengrinews.kz reported Jan. 26.Still from the film ©Asher Svidensky

The producer of the picture is Daisy Ridley, an actress made famous for her role in the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She has published photos of the young Aisholpan Nurgaiypkyzy from the Jan. 24 premiere on her Instagram webpage. The premiere was held at the American Sundance Film Festival. Photos of the young eagle huntress have been widespread in social networks.

It is known that the 13-year-old eagle huntress is an ethnic Kazakh who lives in Mongolia. According to Radio Azattyk, Nurgaiypkyzy lives in the Altantsug area of the Bayan-Ulgi District in Mongolia. For the first time, materials on Nurgaiypkyzy were published in several British publications in the spring of 2014. She became popular worldwide after winning a major eagle hunting competition a few years ago, becoming the youngest participant. That is when nearly all foreign media, including the BBC and CNN became interested in her.

The film tells the story of the girl and her love for golden eagles. According to the film, for centuries this has been a men-only business. It is known that Nurgaiypkyzy’s father is a well-known eagle hunter in Mongolia as well. His ancestors to the seventh generation were involved in this lifestyle. In a family of four children, only Nurgaiypkyzy showed great interest and became the eagle huntress.

“Nurgaiypkyzy’s story impressed me so much that I wanted to be a part of this movie. I think that the story of this girl will be able to inspire many people around the world. I am proud to have taken part in this project,” said Ridley in an interview with the publication Deadline.

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