Whale Rider

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Brief Synopsis: "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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People Involved

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