Whale Rider

Whale Rider

La Legende Des Baleines

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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.
Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Atlantis, c2003
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Whale
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Legende des baleines [DVD]
Audience: CHV rating: PG


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Jul 05, 2018

Tradition is difficult to break in any culture, and especially in the Maori Tribe in New Zealand. Only males can be the next chief, however, after the next chief dies at birth, it is up to his surviving twin sister to fulfil his destiny. This movie chronicles what it is like to break the mold and challenge yourself, while also trying to win over the approval of your family. The combination of Indigenous New Zealand culture and challenging norms makes this an interesting film that is worth the watch. I would rate it 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to people who are interested in learning more about other cultures and ways of life. - @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

SnoIsleLib_BrianTH Feb 26, 2018

Whale Rider has a haunting soundtrack that invokes feelings of the ocean at night and it is worth a watch for the soundtrack alone.

Jul 23, 2017

Powerful and inspiring. Good messages, too.

May 02, 2017

whaler rider is up there, with the very best, Ninotchka, Captain Fantastic, It's a wonderful life.
Inspiring, the story of a girl that in spite of all odds, came through for herself and her people.
Highly recommended, 5 stars, no question about it. You'll be uplifted

Apr 20, 2017

This is my favorite movie. I have seen it 4 times in so many years.

Oct 12, 2016

Whale Rider is a beautiful, sad and inspiring film about community, family, history, tradition and leadership. I highly recommend it for teens and for adults of all ages. The performance by Keisha Castle-Hughes is excellent and heartbreaking. I have not read the teen fiction book The Whale Rider on which it was based. The movie may also be streamed through the OverDrive online resource available through Hennepin County Library. Whale Rider is rated PG-13 for brief language and a momentary drug reference.

Oct 04, 2015

I saw the movie and I had liked it this is based on a true story
but not for children to watch

Aug 14, 2013

One of my all time favorite movies. I highly recommend it.

Green_Bird_203 Jun 06, 2013

Well done. 12 year old girl touches your heart. Much more believable than "Life of Pi".

d2013 Mar 12, 2013

This is a great movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Magical!

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Jun 18, 2011

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