Every weekend Magnolia at the Modern presents a critically acclaimed film. Many of these films are documentaries, independent films or out on limited release.
The film screening this weekend is The Eagle Huntress. It has received numerous awards at a variety of film festivals already. After screening at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this year, this film was picked up by Sony Pictures for distribution.
This is a film about a young Mongolian girl who aspires to be an Eagle Huntress and complete in the Golden Eagle Festival. Eagle hunting is a skill that is passed on from father to son for generations. We have all heard the stories of a young lady “stepping-up” to keep a family tradition going in the absence of a son. This is not the case with this story. Aisholpan had a brother, her dream was based on her own aspirations. Her entire family was very supportive of her dream. They acknowledged that it will be a challenge for her to overcome the stereotypes of years of tradition, but they did not focus on this. Even her elderly grandfather gave Aisholpan his blessing. Eagle hunting in this part of the world is very physically challenging. The cinematography is amazing and the story is inspiring. Just as amazing is the story of how this film was made. Make sure to read the making of this film.
This is a story not only for young girls, but also for young men and parents. It demonstrates the strength of family. It supports the dreams of young people and their contribution to the family and society.
The Eagle Huntress is a must-see film. But you only have two more chances to see it. Last showings are today at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX