Washington, D.C. Premiere Nothing exerts as much fascination for Bazarbai, a bright 13-year-old nomad from western Mongolia and son of a Kazakh eagle hunter, as the modern temptations offered by the city and the big, wide world. When his father sends Bazarbai’s brother, Khan, to work in Ulan Bator to help support the family, Bazarbai is devastated and feels betrayed. Nothing, it seems, can cheer him up, not even the big eagle festival to which his father takes him. At the festival, Bazarbai is given the opportunity to present his father’s eagle, but the eagle is startled by the flash of a camera and takes flight. Terrified that he may have lost the eagle that means everything to his father, Bazarbai sets off on a quest to retrieve the bird. The film tells the adventurous story of a boy who learns that customs, respect for nature, friendship and loyalty are closely bound to each other (—Berlin International Film Festival). Directed by René Bo Hansen.
Introduced by Francene Blythe, Director, All Roads Film Project, National Geographic Society.
A National Geographic All Roads Film Project Presentation