Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis
USA, 2002, 101’, color,
English and Maori with Turkish subtitles
Pai is 11. She is the beloved granddaughter of a Whangaran chief in New Zealand. Since her ancestors who rode whales to the coast to survive, their tribal chief has always been one of their male children - until Pai believes that she is destined to be the next one! Being more courageous, strong-minded and powerful than many adults, Pai struggles with traditions, the patriarchy and her grandfather to achieve her dream. Niki Caro’s Whale Rider was a beyond-the-oceans success, bringing its young actress Keisha Castle-Hughes an Oscar nomination.