Whale Rider

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Released: 

2003

Runtime: 

1 hr 41 mins

Critics Score: 

90

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The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.

Critics Consensus: 

An empowering and uplifting movie, with a wonderful performance by Castle-Hughes.
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