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JC3 Film Series and Questful? Thoughts

By Judith Cohen

Often it is difficult to find a documentary film that is able to generate enough interest and create a significant influence over a large group of people from all ages, cultures, educational levels, and backgrounds. The Eagle Huntress has already done this in its short time on the market. It also has a special interest for children and adults alike because it shows that you can do anything you want regardless of your gender. This seems to be a film that somehow has picked up on our current worldly issues, and we can take note that it is also on the move in Mongolia.

The Eagle Huntress
Sun, Apr 2, 4pm
Jewish Cultural and Community Center
Las Moras 47, corner of Cinco de Mayo
100 pesos
Info: 415 185 9191
Refreshments and wine will be served.

The Eagle Huntress is Otto Bell’s documentary. One of the many joys of the best cinema is its ability to carry us to exotic places and acquaint us with people we have never known.

In this culture, eagles are used by men to hunt for food and fur and they are so entrenched in their culture that they hold a place in the tribe at a spiritual level.

Aisholpan is a 13 year-old girl who lives in Mongolia, dividing her time between boarding school and her nomadic family’s campsite. Aisholpan’s father, Nurgaiv, comes from a long line of Eagle hunters, and he fully ignores all arguments from members of his tribe about why a female cannot participate in this male sport. The most outstanding detail in this scenario is the relationship between a father and a daughter, which enables Aisholpan to momentarily break the usual tribal laws.

We follow Aisholpan through her stages of preparation, as she plucks up an eaglet from a mountainside nest and teaches it to follow her directions. You will be amazed at her lack of fear in really precarious situations. Viewers jaded by daily doses of digital dazzlement might not fully register the reality of the wonders they are witnessing. But that doesn’t, in the end, make The Eagle Huntress any less wonderful.

Beautiful scenery, costumes, and subtitled dialogue, supplemented by a gentle didactic voice-over narration, read by the British actress Daisy Ridley and accompanied by beautiful and inspiring music.

The film The Eagle Huntress screens at the JC3 on Sunday, April 2, at 4pm. Tickets can be purchased for 100 pesos, either at the door or by calling JC3 at 415 185 9191. Our address is Las Moras 47, on the corner of Cinco de Mayo. Refreshments and wine will be served.


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