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Whale Rider (2003)

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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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.

Rating:PG-13
Genre:Drama, Family
Directed By:Niki Caro
Written By:Niki Caro
In Theaters:6/6/2003
Box Office:$41,400,000
Runtime:101 minutes
Studio:South Pacific Pictures, Pandora Film, ApolloMedia

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Director

Niki Caro

Director

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Keisha Castle-Hughes

Paikea Apirana

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Rawiri Paratene

Koro

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Vicky Haughton

Nanny Flowers

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Cliff Curtis

Porourangi

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Grant Roa

Uncle Rawiri

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Mana Taumaunu

Hemi

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Rachel House

Shilo

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Taungaroa Emile

Willie

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Tammy Davis

Dog

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Mabel Wharekawa

Maka

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Rawinia Clarke

Miro