Whale Rider

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2003 | PG-13 | Drama

One young girl dared to confront the past, change the present and determine the future. On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people - or Whangara iwi - believe their presence there dates bac... more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, June 6, 2003

On DVD

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

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DIRECTOR

Niki Caro

Screenwriter

Companies

Newmarket Films

Rating MPAA

PG-13 for brief language, a momentary drug reference

Storyline

One young girl dared to confront the past, change the present and determine the future. On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people - or Whangara iwi - 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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