Whale Rider

Whale Rider

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On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. More

Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader, and is still upset that her twin brother died along with her mother in childbirth. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

2003Rating: PG, ..101 minsNew Zealand

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Whale Rider | Awards

Award Winner
Winner of 9 awards, New Zealand Film & TV Awards 2003. Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival 2003.

Whale Rider | Release Details

Whale Rider is available to stream in New Zealand now on NZ Film On Demand and TVNZ+ and Academy On Demand and AroVision.