The Whale Rider by Witi IhimaeraEight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary ‘whale rider.’ In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Kahu is his only great-grandchild—and Maori tradition has no use for a girl. But when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe, Kahu will do anything to save them—even the impossible.
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Only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a Maori tribe in New Zealand. This ancient custom is upset when the child selected to be the next chief dies at birth. However his twin sister, Pai Keisha Castle-Hughes , survives. At age 12, she enlists the help of her grandmother Vicky Haughton and the training of her uncle Grant Roa to claim her birthright. But to break with
Tradition is difficult to break in any culture, and especially in the Maori Tribe in New Zealand. Only males can be the next chief, however, after the next chief dies at birth, it is up to his surviving twin sister to fulfil his destiny. This movie chronicles what it is like to break the mold and challenge yourself, while also trying to win over the approval of your family. The combination of Indigenous New Zealand culture and challenging norms makes this an interesting film that is worth the watch. I would rate it 4. Whale Rider has a haunting soundtrack that invokes feelings of the ocean at night and it is worth a watch for the soundtrack alone.
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