THE EAGLE HUNTRESS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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eaglehuntressposter Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv is not the first female eagle hunter in the 2,000-year history of the Kazakh culture, as the documentary The Eagle Huntress suggests. And it seems that, while hunting with eagles is a male-dominated pursuit, girls and women are not dissuaded from participating, and, indeed, Kazakh culture appears to be a lot more egalitarian than the movie implies. In fact, there seems to be a host of issues with The Eagle Huntress: factual, with regards to how truly representative it is of Kazakh culture, and ethical, in how its subjects were treated by filmmaker Otto Bell and in whether its warping of reality is so great that it can no longer be accurately deemed a documentary… Read more>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).