Whale Rider

Also Known As

A Bálnalovas ( Hungary ), Encantadora de Baleias ( Brazil ), Geliebte Giganten - Wale ( Germany ), Jinete de ballenas ( Argentina ), Légende des baleines, La ( Canada ), Paï ( France ), Ragazza delle balene, La ( Italy ), Te kaieke tohora ( New Zealand ), Valasratsastaja ( Finland ), Whale Rider ( Denmark )


Whale Rider

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Keisha Castle-Hughes


Rawiri Paratene


Vicky Haughton

Nanny Flowers

Cliff Curtis



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. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her ... more

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Spectacular!05 March 2017

An amazing movie about a young girl fighting the gender roles imposed by her culture, including her own grandfather who is chief. Her father abandoned her and she was raised by her grandparents. He has a terrible relationship with his father because he wants his son to marry again and produce a... more





great film10 June 2014

the cast is super but the performance of this first time actor is simply amazing. filmed on location with local tribes people [including the young actor] this is one great way for a tribe to leave a legacy and educate the world at large at the same time. this is a don't miss film!





Fantastic film!09 April 2013

As Roger Ebert would say, I give this "two thumbs up". Actually Ebert gave it 4 stars - his best rating. It's a great film about a Maori girl who is able to communicate with whales. (Girls aren't supposed to be able to do that, but she does.) A wonderful tale and great for the whole family - and... more





I thought that someone would have seen it by now.30 July 2012

I thought that someone would have seen it by now.





Still no reviews on this movie08 May 2012

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Is it worth viewing?.29 August 2011

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