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Whale Rider Film – 2002 Adaptation Drama Māori

Whale Rider

Film – 2002 Adaptation Drama Māori

PG Parental Guidance
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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.


Available on DVD from South Pacific Pictures and Aro Video.

World premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, on 9 September 2002 


The Sales Agent for this title is The Works International.


Made with financing from the New Zealand Film Production Fund, the New Zealand Film Commission, Filmstiftung NRW in Germany, NZ On Air.


Soundtrack composed by Australian composer Lisa Gerrard. Soundtrack available on Amazon and other online retailers