I have been fortunate enough to sit with my daughter and view a very powerful and extraordinary true story of a family and courage. While the normal writeups about entertainment are often fluff and stuff I can assure “The Eagle Huntress” needs no fluff, it stands on its own as a source of excellent entertainment and female empowerment.
My intentions are not to give the storyline away but to give you a taste of the incredible bond between a daughter, her father and an eagle. If your daughters are looking for a new ‘princess’ to model themselves after, I invite you to read my overview of “The Eagle Huntress” and then get out there and get it so you can watch it together.
Lavishly live life out loud, and share with your daughters, sisters, and girlfriends the strength that one 13-year-old girl offers never doubting here ability and staying focused and effortlessly championing female empowerment and gender equity.
“The Eagle Huntress”
The quick overview of “The Eagle Huntress” is almost not fair because the story offers so much it is impossible to encapsulate into this little overview. An extraordinary true story about family, tradition and the courage it takes to soar. Narrated by Daisy Ridley and it features the song “Angels by the Wings” by Sia. It’s time to look at female empowerment, self-esteem, belonging, gender equity, and following your dreams as we journey with the main character Aisholpan a 13-year-old girl. “The Eagle Huntress” was executive produced by Daisy Ridley & Morgan Spurlock.
Today’s post is sponsored by Blog Meets Brand on behalf of Sony Entertainment. Thoughts and story overview are my own based on viewing the story and my want to share it with my readership. I only provide content that resonates with each of you.
Aisholpan is the 13-year-old girl who dreams big and desires to be the first Eagle Huntress. The premise of the true story is that there are no FEMALE Eagle Huntresses because the men feel that women should be tending to the kitchen and the kurt.
Aisholpan does not exclaim herself as a self-proclaimed barrier breaker, rather she prides herself in following her passion not trying to prove anything to anyone. Aisholpan knows herself and because of this she thrives. It’s not about levying the playing field for others, (those she does this well) it is about being true to herself. Perhaps the best quote of the movie that meets the tenacity of young Aisholpan is her father’s statement:
“It’s not a choice, it’s a calling that has to be in your blood.”
Often when we talk about female empowerment we find people behind causes or choices to get attention but “The Eagle Huntress” is not about trying to pave the way for other girls and women, it is about a young girl being passionate, following her dream and achieving what she feels she can do. Of course, the elders don’t agree, her dad is her steel pole who steadies the way, addresses any fear she might have and never loses focus.
Dad Is A Champion
When you hear the saying, ” it takes a village…” in this case it took Aisholpan’s dad, and family to stand behind her and no one else. A family that believes in their smart, fearless daughter, who is not the traditional daughter. Aisholpan’s family recognizes her as equal to men and women, and they foster no negative voices nor do they allow the elders to change her path.
Aisholpan’s father deserves kudos for training her, spending time with her and sharing the art form, especially since traditionally girls have not been Eagle Huntresses. Aisholpan’s father remains the solid fixture, the untraditional voice who is her backbone when she has a touch of fear (which is hardly ever) and when she needs to hear him (during Eagle Contest registering). Her father has taught her her that there are two parts to being successful; there are a hunter and a catcher and they work as a team.
During the story you will hear him say, ” Come here daughter come stand by me!” but I don’t think he ever needed to murmur those words because his daughter stood by him because he is her positive path. Her dad is her voice, and Aisholpan’s passion is her path. Together, it allows them to hunt, catch and break the barriers of old thinking.
Even though sexism exists in our world, the stellar and overriding message in this movie without ever saying it comes through in actions. Remember, actions speak louder than words and through Aisholpan’s journey to become a “The Eagle Huntress” she simply moves that dominant culture by staying passionate, focused, steady and keeps her ears open to any advice provided (like riding strong and wisdom words).
It was exciting to see her school friends asking her about her journey to become “The Eagle Huntress” and sharing in her joy and hobby. While the other girls were not about this journey there definitely supported her through friendship and discussion only further bolstering girl power.
Lavishly live female empowerment out loud and never stop thinking that there is a ‘girl’s place in society’ because traditional roles were meant to be broken, no wall is to high and the sky is just the beginning to a grand dive into life! “The Eagle Huntress” is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital.