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Genre Drama
Running Time 104 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (Adult Language, Adult Situations)
Release Date Jun 6, 2003
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Whale Rider

Only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a Maori tribe in New Zealand. This ancient custom is upset when the child selected to be the next chief dies at birth. However his twin sister, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), survives. At age 12, she enlists the help of her grandmother (Vicky Haughton) and the training of her uncle (Grant Roa) to claim her birthright. But to break with convention, she'll have to do the impossible: win over her ultra-traditional grandfather (Rawiri Paratene).

Starring
Keisha Castle-Hughes Paikea "Pai" Apirana
Rawiri Paratene Koro Apirana
Vicky Haughton Nanny Flowers Apirana
Cliff Curtis Porourangi Apirana
Grant Roa Uncle Rawiri Apirana
Mana Taumaunu Hemi
Rachel House Shilo
Taungaroa Emile Willie
Tammy Davis Dog
Mabel Wharekawa-Burt Maka

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