Director/s: Joseph Spaid Runtime: 52' & 80' Country/s: United States Year: 2005 Language/s: Kazakh Budget: $275,000 IMDB: Official Website: Subtitles: English Festivals: Winner 2006 Tsibilit Mountain Festival, Georgia
Winner 2006 Parmu International Film Festival, Estonia
Nominated Youth Award, 2006 Vesoul Asian Film Festival
Released: United States, Australia, New Zealand, Iran

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Kuma, a young Kazakh man, retraces the steps of his grandfather who was formerly an eagle master back to the remote mountainous region of his family’s origin. There, in nomadic Mongolia, he fulfills his dream of trapping and training his own eagle.


Under the tutelage of a local eagle master named Khairatkhan, Kuma learns not only the ways of hunting with eagles, but also the ways of his own people. Set against the staggering and exotic beauty of Mongolia, the film immerses the viewer in a world forgotten by time.

Film Review
“…American helmer Joseph Spaid respectfully captures the romantic side of this remote land... The subjects take the viewer through some magic moments lifted from a surprisingly intact cultural tradition." Deborah Young, Variety