Whale Rider

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

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Film Cast:

  • Paikea Apirana: Keisha Castle-Hughes
  • Koro: Rawiri Paratene
  • Nanny Flowers: Vicky Haughton
  • Porourangi: Cliff Curtis
  • Uncle Rawiri: Grant Roa
  • Hemi: Mana Taumaunu
  • Shilo: Rachel House
  • Willie: Taungaroa Emile
  • Dog: Tammy Davis
  • Maka: Mabel Wharekawa
  • Miro: Rawinia Clarke
  • Miss Parata: Tahei Simpson

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Lisa Gerrard
  • Director: Niki Caro
  • Author: Witi Ihimaera
  • Producer: John Barnett
  • Director of Photography: Leon Narbey
  • Editor: David Coulson
  • Producer: Tim Sanders
  • Producer: Frank Hübner

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