IDFA - 1Minute Nature & The Eagle Huntress
This film is subtitled in English and will be dubbed in Dutch live during this screening.
Stefanie Visjager and Katinka Baehr (NL, 2016) 1'
In short, imaginative animated documentaries, children talk about their relationship with nature.
In short, imaginative animated documentaries, children talk about their relationship with nature. One girl has birds of prey, and sometimes goes cycling with her barn owl. A boy explains how he dissects dead beetles, because he is curious to know how animals work inside. 1Minutes were originally made as radio documentaries, so audio is still the foundation.
Interviews have been edited to create an uninterrupted narrative, and we hear the children’s voices off camera. The visual images also combine fact and fiction, with photos of an everyday object acting as a backdrop for drawn characters. A bicycle valve becomes a lampshade, and the saddle later features as a cycle path. At the start of each film, we hear the name of the child and see his or her photograph.
The Eagle Huntress
Otto Bell (US, 2016) 87'
When a 13-year-old Mongolian girl named Aisholpan decides to become the world’s first female eagle hunter, she meets some resistance.
In the photogenic environment of the Altai Mountains in Mongolia, we follow the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomad girl. Aisholpan is growing up in a patriarchal community with a passion for hunting with golden eagles, an activity that for thousands of years has been entirely dominated by men. Fascinated by the huge birds of prey, Aisholpan causes consternation when she sets out to become the first female eagle hunter. Despite the criticism from village elders, her father lends her his support.
The scenes in which Aisholpan explores the gorgeous landscape on horseback to learn the finer points of hunting with her father reveal the closeness of their relationship. Then comes the annual eagle hunting contest. Aisholpan is the youngest participant, and also the only girl. Can she hold her own? This compelling story shot in the vast expanses of the Mongolian steppe is a modern folktale about perseverance, courage and the influence of inflexible tradition. You can do anything, sings Australian singer-songwriter Sia in a song composed for the film.