About

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 Zea...

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Directed by

Niki Caro

Written by

Niki Caro (Screenplay)
Witi Ihimaera (Author)

Runtime

101 minutes

Country

New Zealand

Language

English

Tagline

In the ways of the ancients she found a hope for the future.

Cast

Keywords

woman director loss of loved one grandparent grandchild relations canoe tradition ocean empowerment new zealand maori tradition becoming an adult role of women patriarchy whale patriarch chief modern society stick fighting

Photos

Lists

#405 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role