Thursday, 15 December 2016

An 'Eagle Huntress' documentary screening at Warwick Arts Centre

Written by Destiny of 7CLA

There's one more day to go before our Christmas break!

It was a mild morning, when 14 hardworking Year 7 and 8 students were chosen as a treat to watch the film ‘The Eagle Huntress’ at The Warwick Arts Centre. Mrs. Boyne led the way as the driver on the minibus, accompanied by Mrs. Nguyen at her side, with the students chattering in excitement in the back.

We arrived and parked right outside the Warwick Arts Centre, and Mrs. Nguyen was not at all hesitant to take pictures of her crew. Then everyone bustled up the stairs and awed at the magnificent displays of winter hanging from the ceilings of the Warwick Arts Centre.

A member of staff from the Warwick Arts Centre introduced us and led everyone in to the cinema. We sat down for a few moments, but in all of the exhilaration, jumped back up again before the movie started, and explored the Centre surroundings. The campus was humungous, vast, and massive! 

Quickly, the team had returned, and eyes were now (finally) transfixed on the screen. The movie was beyond words, except, simply, amazing.

It was based on a true story, about a girl named Aishol-pan, a young 13 year old living with her Kazakh family. They lived in the mountains with a nomadic lifestyle and within harsh conditions. Her only dreams were to follow her father and her father's father’s footsteps to become an eagle hunter. The eagle-hunting is a tradition that has been handed down from fathers to sons for centuries.

An eagle hunter: the one and only thing that truly would make Aishol-pan happy. However, as mentioned above, it was not traditional for a young girl to become an eagle hunter. Many people disapproved of this, but she carried on with her father in hope. She captured her own eaglet, looked after it and trained it, and eventually competed with it.

In her first participation in the regional eagle-hunting competition, Aishol-pan and her eagle won. She then began to train in harsh conditions, where temperatures occasionally dropped to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. There, her young eagle caught its first fox, to make into some warm clothing. She was the first eagle-huntress winner in history. How amazing!

We all thoroughly enjoyed this visit, along with Miss Boyne and Miss. Nguyen.

Mrs. Nguyen stated, with tears in her eyes: ‘It was really good , I was born in a place like this where girls were only treated as 2nd class people.’

Ellis thought it ‘Amazing! Very interesting, I loved it.’

Ben’s verdict was: 'It was an exquisite film! Very thought-provoking!’

We realised how lucky we are to be born and brought up this way where all of us are encouraged to be the best we can be; regardless being boys or girls.