Whale Rider
2002
Dir. Niki Caro
 101 mins

shown December 2004

Adapted from the novel by Witi Ihimaera.

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Guardian Review  |  BBC Review

A young Maori girl tries to convince her grandfather that the chiefship should pass to her in the absence of a male heir. A contemporary growing pains yarn, infused with the mysticism of ancient Maori legend - celebrating tradition and redefining it for our times.

"Every bit as bold and uplifting as its title suggests.....Whale Rider is a wonderfully refreshing and evocative modern fairytale that's sure to make waves with its audience." Stella Papamichael, BBCi


"She could have been a terrible prig, but the 12-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes is an appealing and yearning presence, and gives one of the most affecting performances by a child these past couple of years. " Philip French, Guardian/ Observer

 

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