Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Director Joseph Spaid tells the tale of a young Kazak man determined to maintain his cultural identity by traveling to the remote and mountainous region of his family's origin to train under the tutelage of the local eagle master -- who will teach the boy to carry on tradition by retracing the same steps of his highly respected grandfather. Kuma is the remote descendent of an eagle master whose wise ways were well known to the people of western Mongolia. Khairatkhan in a contemporary eagle master whose powerful bond with nature has earned him the respect of the people whose culture has remained hermetically sealed from the outside world for 70 years. Now, as Kuma trains under Khairatkhan to learn the ways of the eagle, the noble youngster will not only be educated in the way of the hunter, but the ways of his native people as well.
apprentice, cultural-identity, displaced-persons, eagle, family-history, grandfather, hunting, isolation, Kazak [nationality], master [expert], Mongolia, mountains, nomad