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Whale Rider
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(2002)

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.

Runtime:
1:41
Released:
September 09, 2002

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Cast

I3hrf7fybxnwnfk3phm3wrss9n4 Keisha Castle-Hughes Paikea Apirana
Nrbeuuhxnpgfafp1d7zebgrt7to Rawiri Paratene Koro
Lnfcwvcodnxuuur90yahkecvctd Vicky Haughton Nanny Flowers
56wdvdrxf3z0ftqo7oyw4etqmor Cliff Curtis Porourangi
Y6dxxf6mjbivxxceamjikc9bqts Grant Roa Uncle Rawiri
Fc0aglhuhdjzcqy8iyjokxaoztg Mana Taumaunu Hemi
Rachel House Shilo
Taungaroa Emile Willie
Tammy Davis Dog
Mabel Wharekawa Maka
Rawinia Clarke Miro
Tahei Simpson Miss Parata

Crew

Camera

Leon Narbey Director of Photography

Directing

Niki Caro Director

Editing

David Coulson Editor

Production

John Barnett Producer

Tim Sanders Producer

Frank Hübner Producer

Sound

Lisa Gerrard Original Music Composer

Writing

Witi Ihimaera Author