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Fall Under the Sway of "The Eagle Huntress"

Jan 11, 2017 10:21AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Stunning, stark landscapes of the remote Mongolian steppes underpin this sweet documentary about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who tries to defy the odds to become the first Kazakh female eagle huntress. An ancient tradition passed from father to son, the girl, Aisholpan, never doubts her ability to succeed. Her father encourages her from the moment she retrieves an eaglet from its nest high up on a mountain cliff,  until she becomes the first woman to participate in the annual Golden Eagle Festival, where she will compete against 70 more experienced, older men.

The After Hours Film Society will present "The Eagle Huntress" one night only: Monday, February 13, 7:30 pm at the Tivoli Theater, 5021 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove. Admission is $6 for After Hours members, $10 for non-members. 

Film critic Leah Pickett,of the Chicago Reader, stated, "factor in the feel-good story, Director Otto Bell's bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers' customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress." Nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards' "best first documentary feature," "the Eagle Huntress" earned a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 87 minutes. Rated G. In English, with narration by the film's executive producer Daisy Ridley.

The After Hours Film Society is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural organization formed to encourage the appreciation of cinema. Films are generally shown on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Learn more about After Hours at, or call 630-534-4528.