A RARE treat is in store for bird-lovers, as well as film-lovers, with Ilkley Film Society's next screening The Eagle Huntress on Sunday, October 8 at Ilkley Playhouse, 8pm.

Filmed in Mongolia, the BAFTA-nominated documentary follows a 13-year-old nomad who is determined to be the latest in a dynasty of twelve generations to hunt with a trained golden eagle – but Aisholpan is a girl, and centuries of Khazakh tribal tradition have followed a rule that eagle hunting is an exclusively male occupation.

Supported by her father, she devotes herself to becoming so highly-skilled that the elders cannot prevent her from competing in the annual Golden Eagle Festival in Ulgii.

Filmed in the breathtaking setting of the Altai mountains, and with Aisholpan's magnificent eagle co-starring with her, The Eagle Huntress is an empowering and unforgettable presentation of a centuries-old way of life. A share of the profits from the film has been used to set up a fund to pay for Aisholpan's higher education – she wants to study medicine and become a doctor!

Membership is still available for the new season. Non-members are welcome as guests (£4) but their admission cannot be guaranteed unless they reserve tickets in advance by phoning Dave Howell on 01943 430097. More information about the Film Society's current season can be found at www.ilkleyfilmsociety.org