We are happy to announce that the opening film to the 15th edition of the RAI FILM FESTIVAL anthropology / ethnography / archaeology will be THE EAGLE HUNTRESS. 

This film has been given the newly instituted President’s Award, which was created in order to acknowledge “a film of truly exceptional merit that addresses issues of great contemporary importance and concern in anthropology or archaeology. This film may take the form of either fiction or fact-based documentary, and need not necessarily belong to any conventional ethnographic genre”.

Otto Bell USA / 2016 / 87’

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to be the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Set against the breath taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film features awe-inspiring cinematography giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

Opening screening and award ceremony: 29 March 2017, 5:30 PM Watershed Cinema 1.

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