Saturday, September 17, 2011

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September 17, 3:00pm

WHALE RIDER

Dir. Niki Caro (New Zealand: 2002), 101 min. This film is about Paikea Apirana, a 12 year old girl in living on the east coast of New Zealand. Her twin brother dies at birth leaving her that only living child in the line of succession for the Whangara people. Traditionally the new chief is the first born male, therefore Paikea’s grandfather Koro will not allow her to become chief. Although Paikea loves her grandfather she must fight for what she feels is her destiny.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated at the 2004 Academy Awards for Best Actress making her the youngest person to be nominated in that category at the age of 13.

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