Australian Council on Children and the Media

Eagle huntress, The

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Parental guidance recommended under 8 due to scenes of animals being hunted and the need to read subtitles

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Eagle huntress, The
  • a review of Eagle huntress, The completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 21 March 2017.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Parental guidance recommended due to hunting scenes which may be disturbing, and the need to be able to read subtitles
Children aged 8 and over OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Eagle huntress, The
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Very mild themes
Length 87 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

The Eagle Huntress is a documentary that follows the extraordinary life of Aisholpan Nurgai, a 13-year-old from a nomadic Mongolian tribe. Aisholpan dreams of becoming an eagle hunter, a skill that has been passed down through twelve generations of her family. It is a role completely dominated by men and it takes enormous courage and strength of character for Aisholpan to break through the gender stereotypes of her community to realise her dreams. Aisholpan is a true heroine. The film highlights her incredible bond with her father, who is her most staunch supporter, as well as the mesmerising relationship that builds between her and her very own golden eagle.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Cultural connections to the land and traditional practices, such as hunting; challenging gender roles and stereotypes; father-daughter bonds

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • Hunting of animals. There are several graphic scenes of people using eagles to hunt foxes in the wild.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Children this age may be disturbed by the hunting scenes with animals being caught and skinned

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Children in this group may also be disturbed by the hunting scenes

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

Nothing of concern

Sexual references

Nothing of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

Nothing of concern

Use of substances

Nothing of concern

Coarse language

Nothing of concern

In a nutshell

The eagle huntress is a moving film about following your dreams, despite the challenges. It is a true story of strength, bravery and love. It is a great film for both boys and girls with important messages about gender stereotypes. The film also provides a fascinating insight into a different culture.

It is most suitable for children aged 8 and over because there are scenes of hunting that might upset younger children and English subtitles which need to be read.

Parents may wish to discuss the why traditional gender roles exist and why people resist change. 

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