‘Eagle Huntress’ Is Ruffling Feathers
Fact or fairy tale? The Eagle Huntress has come under fire for being too trope-heavy to be true. The documentary follows Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old Kazakh nomad who, publicists asserted, became the first girl among her people in 2,000 years to win a major falconry contest with her golden eagle. The director insists everything in the movie happened organically, while critics call it “contrived” and “half-baked.” With the film’s central claim debunked, and a witness saying a key scene was staged, does it deserve to win best documentary at tonight’s BAFTA Awards?