Whale Rider

Whale Rider

(Whale Rider), Niki Caro / NZ, 2002
English version / Czech subtitles, 101 min

In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. When twins are born, and the boy twin dies, the chief is unable to accept his grand-daughter, Pai, as a future leader. Koro, the chief, is convinced that the the tribe’s misfortunes began at Pai’s birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, sure a new leader will be revealed.Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfil her destiny. Niki Caro's second feature is based on Witi Ihimaera's novel The Whale Rider. Coupling a specific sense of place and culture with a universal coming-of-age story, WHALE RIDER met with sizeable success worldwide, winning audience choice awards at Sundance and Toronto and its young star, Keisha Castle-Hughes, was nominated for an Academy Award.

PLUS ANIMATION WORKSHOP 1.30 - 3.00pm, downstairs next to the cinema.

KIWI FILM FEST and CANZA present a Children's Art Workshop run by Aeroskola. For children 8+ or even aged 7 if they are interested! Free entrance.

Do you want to find out how cartoons and animated films are made? Would you like to try it out for yourself? Then come along to this Animation Workshop.

This special animation workshop takes place on Saturday 13 April between the two "kid-friendly" films. That means you can see the wonderful film, WHALE RIDER at 12 noon, and then do the workshop OR you can go to the animation workshop first and then go to another great film, BOY, at 3pm. In fact, there is even some animation in BOY so you can discover how it's done.