‘Whale Rider,’ the Film



New Zealand has become  a huge player in international film with settings for the Lord of the Rings films, and Avatar.  The natural scenery is spectacular in Whale Rider and set in a Maori village of the indigenous people in  New Zealand   today.  The cultures of tradition and modern  are clashing as the young people are more interested in modernity than in history.40F792CB88D3A49144F953C91EC5A6

The film is an adaptation of a novel about a 12 year old Maori girl, Paikea,  who wants to be chief of her tribe.  Her grandfather, Koro,  is the current chief and his sons have no interests or aptitude for the job. He will not consider Paikea because she is a girl in  this patriarchal culture.whalerider

The story in some ways is predictable but also surprising in the conclusion. It is a coming of age film about a neglected child finding confidence and doing her best with what she has been given. The emotion is real for actors and audience and is clearly the  universal situations of  love, rejection and triumph.whalerid

‘Whale Rider’ is  about “courage in face of enemies, communal stories through dance, traits that mark a ‘dreamer’, and spirituality of a ancient people for ancestors and nature. ”

‘Whale Rider’ is one of the films you will never forget. I took my granddaughter and who is 12 and she loved it.  The date of release was 2002, and available on Netflix.

This Is ‘Whale Rider’, the Film.

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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14 Responses to ‘Whale Rider,’ the Film

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Awesome!!! Love the movie. TY for the reminder!!


  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Memories flooding back! A wonderful movie ….


  3. lauramacky says:

    Oh I loved this film!!!


  4. YellowCable says:

    You seem to finding interesting movies. Thank you for sharing.


    • annetbell says:

      There has been foreign film class at the library on Sunday afternoon. This week is the last on Water from India.. I can’t wait to see that . Glad you like the reviews and hope you will get to see some of them.)


  5. kyangel17 says:

    How did I miss this one? I’ll have to look for it now, Anne. Maybe find it on Amazon. Not many places to shop in town.


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