Why shouldn’t a girl…?

October’s film – The Eagle Huntress – is a terrific documentary tale of a young girl’s quest to succeed in a traditionally male world. (Buy tickets online or in person at Chorleywood Bookshop).

Aisholpan, a 13 year old nomad girl, wants to become the first female in twleve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rise to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Hardwired inside her is the belief that girls can do anything boys can – she recognises no obstacles and refuses to have her ambition denied.

Although she practices an ancient art, Aisholpan’s story is a modern and inspiring one because she represents a world where a young girl’s dreams – no matter how challenging – can come true.

Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

Directed by Otto Bell, narrated by Daisy Ridley, this inspirational film with English subtitles is suitable for all the family.

“For its terrific wildlife action and sweet human scenes, the film is overwhelmingly worth seeing.” Edward Porter, The Sunday Times

“Part nature doco, part fly-on-the-wall look at local traditions (including elders who believe a girl’s place is in the yurt), it’s an empowering piece.” Kate Stables, Radio Times

The Eagle Huntress (Cert. U : 89 mins) is being screened at The War Memorial Hall, Common Road on Friday 18th October. The doors and bar open at 7.30, the programme begins at 8.00p.m.

Tickets: £6 (Special price for under 15s: £3) available in advance from Chorleywood Bookshop, online and on the door, if still available.

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