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Whale Rider

Movie poster for Whale Rider
Directed by Niki Caro
Produced by John Barnett
Frank Hübner
Tim Sanders
Written by Witi Ihimaera (novel)
Niki Caro (movie)
Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes
Rawiri Paratene
Vicky Haughton
Cliff Curtis
Distributed by Newmarket Films (USA)
Release date(s) January 30, 2003 (New Zealand)
July 4, 2003 (USA)
Running time 101 min.
Language English/Māori
Budget NZD 6,000,000 (est.)
IMDb profile

Whale Rider is a 2002 movie directed by Niki Caro, based on the 1987 novel "The Whale Rider" by New Zealand Māori author Witi Ihimaera. The world premiere was on September 9, 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Image File history File links Movie poster for Whale Rider This is a copyrighted poster. ... Niki Caro (born 1967) is a film director and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Niki Caro (born 1967) is a film director and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is an Academy Award-nominated New Zealand actress. ... Rawiri Paratene is a New Zealand Maori actor (Nga Puhi iwi) born in Hokianga. ... Italic text For other uses, see Cliff Curtis (disambiguation). ... Newmarket Films is an American film production and film distribution company which is a subsidiary of Newmarket Capital Group. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Māori or Te Reo Māori,[1] commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) functions as one of the official languages of New Zealand. ... The New Zealand dollar (ISO 4217: NZD, sometimes NZ$ and often informally known as the Kiwi dollar) is the official currency of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, and the Pitcairn Islands. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Niki Caro (born 1967) is a film director and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. ... This article is about the Māori people of New Zealand. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada, is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. ...

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Plot

The movie's plot follows the story of Paikea Apirana ("Pai") at the age of 12 who is the only living child in the line of the tribe's chiefly succession because of the death of her twin brother and mother during childbirth. By tradition, the leader should be the first-born son — a direct patrilineal descendant of Paikea, the one who rode atop a whale from Hawaiki. However, Pai is female. Look up plot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), or Death (band). ... Parturition redirects here. ... Patrilineality is a system in which one belongs to ones fathers lineage; it generally involves the inheritance of property, names or titles through the male line as well. ... A humpback whale breaching Paikea is an ancestor of the Ngāti Porou, a Māori tribe of the east coast of New Zealands North Island. ... This article is about the animal. ... Polynesians give the name Hawaiki to the mythical island to which they trace their origins. ...


Pai's grandfather Koro Apirana, or Old Paka as his wife Nanny Flowers calls him, the leader of the tribe, is initially angry about her birth. While he later forms an affectionate bond with his granddaughter, carrying her to school every day on his bicycle, he also resents her and blames her for many of the troubles facing the tribe. At one point Pai decides to leave with her father because her grandfather is mistreating her. She finds that she cannot bear to leave the sea and returns home. Pai's father has refused to assume leadership; instead he has moved to Germany to pursue a career as an artist. Pai herself shows an interest, learning traditional songs and dances, but is given little encouragement from her grandfather. Pai feels that even though she is a girl she can still become the leader, which is shown through her determination.


Koro decides to form a cultural school for the village boys, hoping to find a new leader. Pai, aided by her uncle and one of the students, Hemi, secretly follows the lessons and learns to use a taiaha (fighting stick), something traditionally reserved only for males. Her grandfather is enraged when he finds out. His relationship with Pai erodes further when none of the boys prove worthy of the title of leader - failing to recover Koro's whale tooth from the ocean. A Taiaha (pronounced Tie-ah-ha) is a weapon carried by the Maori warriors of New Zealand. ... Stick fighting is a generic term for any of several martial arts which employ a small staff, cane, cudgel or walking stick as a weapon. ...


Pai, in an attempt to bridge the rift that has formed, invites Koro to a concert of Māori chants that her school is putting on, as her guest of honor. However, as he is preparing to leave, he notices that numerous right whales are beached near Pai's home. The entire village attempts to coax and drag them back into the water, but all efforts prove unsuccessful. Koro sees it as a sign of failure and despairs further. He admonishes Pai against touching the creatures, but when he walks away, she climbs onto the back of the largest whale and coaxes it to re-enter the ocean. Riding on the back of the whale, she leads the entire pod back into the sea, nearly drowning in the process. When she goes out to sea, Nanny Flower (Koro's wife and Pai's grandmother) shows Koro the whale tooth which Pai was able to recover. When Pai is found and brought to the hospital, Koro begs for her forgiveness. The film ends with the village, including Pai's father, uncle and grandparents, celebrating her status as leader. It has been suggested that Balaenidae be merged into this article or section. ...


While the plot of the book is basically the same, it pays less attention specifically to Pai/Koro, and mainly focuses from a perspective of narration by Pai's uncle. It clearly expresses the deep resentment felt by her grandfather, and Pai's longing to gain his respect as a rift opens between them.


Production and awards

Produced by South Pacific Pictures, on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island, the movie has received highly favourable praise from international critics and audiences and won a number of international film-festival awards, including: South Pacific Pictures is a television production company based in New Zealand. ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ...

Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, becoming the youngest actress ever nominated for the award. She was 13 years old at the time. Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada, is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the state of Utah in the United States. ... IFFR logo The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the larger film festivals in Europe (arguably in the Big Five, alongside Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Locarno). ... Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is an Academy Award-nominated New Zealand actress. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ...


Cast

Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is an Academy Award-nominated New Zealand actress. ... Rawiri Paratene is a New Zealand Maori actor (Nga Puhi iwi) born in Hokianga. ... Italic text For other uses, see Cliff Curtis (disambiguation). ...

See also

New Zealand claims as its own many writers, even those immigrants born overseas or those emigrants who have gone into exile. ... New Zealand Cinema is film made in or about New Zealand. ... This article is about examples of woman warriors in a number of contexts. ...

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