Whale Rider A look into a different culture that really isn't too different

Duration: 101 mins
Released: 2002
Director: Niki Caro
Country of origin: New Zealand | Germany
Classification: unclassified
One young girl confronts the past to change the present and determine the future in this magical, moving story of Pai’s struggle to fulfil her destiny. In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. The time is now. When twins are born, and the boy twin dies, Koro, the chief, is unable to accept his grand-daughter as a future leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must stand up to him and a thousand years of tradition to reveal the true way forward.

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