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Published on Jan 6, 2020
Adventure unfolds across four continents as an eagle hunter, a hawk whisperer, and a falcon racer awaken the ancient art of falconry to connect to a wild that is fading out of sight and out of mind.
Feature Documentary Directed by Elisabeth Haviland James & Revere La Noue
Overland is a stunning cinematic journey across four continents that twists and turns like nature itself, bridging ancient to modern, east to west, and earth to sky.
Lauren, a daredevil anthropologist, trains injured eagles to fly and hunt while scouring the world for falconry secrets. But a confused eagle whose tragic past seems beyond repair pushes her to the brink. Giovanni left Rome for a solitary life in the countryside with his wolves, horse and hawks. After a transcendent experience with an 800-year-old falconry book, he begins to question his life’s purpose. In Dubai, Khalifa is training to be the world’s best falcon racer. For millennia his nomadic ancestors hunted with falcons in the harsh Arabian desert. Now, with city-life encroaching, he must find a way to keep his fragile Bedouin culture from vanishing forever.
As the movie unfolds in the wilds of the American midwest, Italy, the Holy Sea, Scotland, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, the epic journeys of Lauren, Giovanni, and Khalifa are interwoven into a stirring story that asks how we can stay connected to our natural, primal spirit, even when modern society threatens to erase it.