Daisy Ridley, star of the current blockbuster Star Wars: the Force Awakens and hero to young women everywhere, has signed on as an Executive Producer for the Sundance Premiere film The Eagle Huntress, as announced by Morgan Spurlock, executive producer for the film. Ridley joined the team after seeing a cut of film and felt she was obligated to do everything within her power to make sure audiences the world over would have the chance to see this epic story of female empowerment.
Directed by Otto Bell and executive produced by Oscar-nominated Spurlock, The Eagle Huntress tells the true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year old Mongolian girl who is strives to become the first female Eagle Hunter in 2,000 years of male dominated history. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather, she learns all aspects of this ancient tradition, including taming her very own eaglet and training it for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, which involves competing against male Eagle Hunters from all over the country. She even dreams of hunting in the frozen winters to prove that a girl can do anything a boy can, so long as she’s determined.
“I was deeply moved by Aisholpan’s story and wanted to be a part of this beautiful film,” said Ridley. “I feel audiences and young girls around the world will be as inspired by her story as I was, and I am so proud to share her journey with the world.”
The Eagle Huntress makes its world premiere this weekend at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, as the first documentary ever to play in the Sundance Kids Premiere section. Aisholpan herself is making the trek to Park City, Utah, all the way from Mongolia. She will be coming with her family for the festival screenings and to participate in discussions. She will also be taking part in the live eagle demonstrations at the Kimball Art Gallery, and there will be unique photo gallery exhibit of amazing photos taken of her in Mongolia with the eagles at The Eagle Huntress Gallery on Main Street.
“We were so glad that Daisy responded to the film and Aisholpan’s story,” added exec producer Spurlock. “Having her join us will elevate this amazing story to greater heights and spread the magic of this courageous young girl to audiences of all ages.”
“Like so many other theatre-goers around the world, I was blown away by Daisy’s recent portrayal of an empowered female protagonist,” added director Otto Bell. “I’m thrilled she’ll be bringing that same energy to supporting a real-world heroine who is also on an epic journey to win victory in a far away land.”
The Eagle Huntress is the first feature documentary from director Otto Bell and is produced by Stacey Reiss and Sharon Chang. Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully, Marc H. Simon, Barbara Dobkin and Susan Maclaury are executive producers in association with Artemis Rising Foundation, Impact Partners, Shine Global and Warrior Poets. The film is edited by Pierre Takal and director of photography is Simon Niblett.