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"Berkutchi" or Eagle Hunter by Sadyrbek Ishenov for Kyrgyzfilm made in 1990

Date of Footage: 30 August 2017

Country: Kyrghyzstan

Place: Issuk-Kul vicinities

Duration in Minutes: 27 min 23 sec

Language: Russian

Name of Provider: Vadim Romanov

Copyright Owner: Kyrgyzfilm, Sagynbek Ishenov


A Soviet documentary on falconry in Kyrgyzstan. Directed by Sagynbek Ishenov in 1990 for the studio Kyrgyzfilm. Ishenov also made a companion film, “The Falconer”, about a Russian hunter from Kyrgyzstan. “The Eagle Hunter”, or “Berkutchi”, focuses mostly on the methods of the sayatchi, Kyrgyz specialists in capturing birds of prey.