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The Eagle Hunter’s Son

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Eden Film Stromberg Productions

Presented as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

The Eagle Hunter’s Son
Germany, Sweden I 2009 I 87 min I Kazakh, Mongolian with English subtitles
Directed by Renè Bo Hansen
DC Premiere

Twelve-year-old Bazarbai is unlike other nomad boys his age. He dreams of leaving behind the green pastures of his native Western mongolian province, lured instead by the call of the urban jungle—Ulaanbaatar. But Bazarbai’s father has his own aspirations: one day, the young boy will make him proud by following the famed eagle hunter’s own footsteps. When Bazarbai’s brother, Khan, is forced to leave home for Ulaanbaatar, Bazarbai feels deeply hurt and betrayed; he should have been the one sent to the big city. in an attempt to cheer him up, Bazarbai’s father takes him to the great eagle festival, but the young boy is inconsolable.
Suddenly, the prize-winning eagle belonging to Bazarbai’s father flies away, scared off by a photographer’s bright camera flash. Stricken by fear and remorse that his father’s beloved pet might have escaped for good, Bazarbai decides to follow the animal, thus embarking on an adventurous journey over torrential rivers and snowy mountains that inevitably lead him to Ulaanbaatar—the city of his dreams. Along the way Bazarbai discovers that a happy life does not necessarily result from a departure from long-lasting traditions, but that tradition itself, deep respect for nature, friendship and loyalty form a strong unity despite constant outside threats. The film won the Golden Kite Award for Best Feature Fiction Film for young people at the 2009 IFF For Children and Youth Buenos Aires, won The Children’s Jury Award at the Open Doek Film Festival 2009 and won the Crystal Heart Award in the Heartland Film Festival 2009, USA to name a few.

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Renè Bo Hansen (Director)
Renè Bo Hansen, born 1952 in Copenhagen, made his first documentary Forgotten War in 1981 for Swedish television. Afterwards his focus shifted and he completed a number of documentaries about children, including From the Dark to the Light, Children of the West Wind, and Street Children in Mongolia.
From 1990 through 1993 he served as the director of audio-visual services of the Danida institute (Red Cross, UniCef etc.) and later went on to make a number of documentaries about social injustices, integration, and children for Swedish, Danish and Norwegian television.
In 2000 he joined the Documentary Film School as a guest lecturer. Renè has frequently shot films in Mongolia and his latest film, Miga’ s Journey, has garnered him a great deal of international attention and numerous awards.

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