Whale Rider

2006-08-03 09:43
 
In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. The time is now. When twins are born, and the boy twin dies, Koro, the chief, is unable to accept his granddaughter, Pai, as a future leader.

A few years later, Koro is convinced that the tribe's misfortunes began at Pai's birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, in the hope that the new leader is among them. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must stand up to him and a thousand years of tradition to reveal the true way forward.

What the critics are saying:

"...a wonderfully refreshing and evocative modern fairytale that's sure to make waves with its audience."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi

"The story itself is richly rewarding and uplifting - the coming-of-age tale of a girl who must defy the odds to achieve her goals..."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"...a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word: It wins you over without cheating."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


Whale Rider is an uplifting tale about a young girl's struggle to prove her worth in a male dominated society. Beautiful cinematography and superb acting crown this award winning film from New Zealand.

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