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Set at the East Coast town of Whāngārā, Whale Rider tells the tale of a young Māori girl, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), who challenges tradition and embraces the past in order to find the strength to lead her people forward. Directed and written by Niki Caro, the film is based on Witi Ihimaera's novel The Whale Rider. Coupling a specific sense of place and culture with a universal coming-of-age story, Whale Rider met with sizeable success worldwide, winning audience choice awards at Sundance and Toronto.


A Perspective by Catherine Bisley 19.10.2008

Based on Witi Ihimaera's novel of the same name, Whale Rider follows Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), a spirited young Māori girl who challenges her staunchly traditional koro ...

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 Niki Caro
 Frank Hubner
 John Barnett

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Comments (4)

 Olga Nikolaenko

Olga Nikolaenko

Best movie ever whens the next

 Talamarysina Tautua

Talamarysina Tautua

a great movie about acceptance:)

 makoia naoia

makoia naoia

this was more best : )

 Andy Jimenez

Andy Jimenez

first :D


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Director: Niki Caro
Screenplay: Niki Caro
Actress: Keisha Castle-Hughes
Supporting Actor: Cliff Curtis
Supporting Actress: Vicky Haughton
Juvenile Performer: Mana Taumaunu
Costume Design: Kristy Cameron
Original Music: Lisa Gerrard

Nominated for Best Actor (Rawiri Paratene), Supporting Actor (Grant Roa), Cinematography, Editing, Design and Makeup.