DocFest for Schools

DocFest for Schools is an opportunity to engage students with current issues, vital ideas, critical questions, new perspectives and perhaps a diversion from the hours they spend on their smart phones and tablets.

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, directed by Otto Bell, screens Monday, February 27 and Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 am, at The Empire Theatre.

The DocFest organizing committee felt this film, with its stunning aerial photography and lush soundtrack, including a new song by Sia, would be best experienced at The Empire Theatre with its big screen and superb sound system. The film was on this year’s Academy Awards Best Documentary shortlist.

There is no charge to attend and admission is limited to pre-registered students, their teachers and chaperons.

Contact info@downtowndocfest for more information or to register.

The film will be shown again on Sunday, March 5, 10:00 am, at The Empire Theatre for all Festival Pass-holders. Rush tickets are available at the door, space permitting.

The Eagle Huntress

Directed by Otto Bell

  • UK, Mongolia, USA
  • 2016
  • 87 min


Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan’s father, Nurgaiv, believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined.


– Linda Barnard, Toronto Star