A small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village people, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people. With remarkable grace, Pai finds the strength to challenge her family and embraces a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny.
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Whale Rider: Culver City, CA (August 28, 2003) - Winner of prestigious audience awards at the Sundance, Toronto, San Francisco, Rotterdam and Seattle Film Festivals, WHALE RIDER is the radiant story of an exceptional young girl's coming of age, and of a proud Maori (indigenous people of New Zealand) community's struggle to embrace new ways of thinking. A compelling and emotionally-resonant family drama, WHALE RIDER became the crowd-pleasing surprise hit of the summer with audiences across the country, grossing more than $14 million during its limited national theatrical run.
WHALE RIDER will be released October 28 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Newmarket Films on VHS and Special Edition DVD which includes family-friendly bonus features such as eight deleted scenes, director commentary, two in-depth featurettes and more.Read More