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Whale rider [videorecording] / South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro.

Sanders, Tim. (Added Author). Barnett, John, 1945- (Added Author). Hübner, Frank. (Added Author). Caro, Niki, 1967- (Added Author). Castle-Hughes, Keisha, 1990- (Added Author). Paratene, Rawiri. (Added Author). Haughton, Vicky. (Added Author). Curtis, Cliff, 1968- (Added Author). Roa, Grant, 1974- (Added Author). Taumaunu, Mana, 1989- (Added Author). House, Rachel. (Added Author). Narbey, Leon, 1947- (Added Author). Coulson, David. (Added Author). Gerrard, Lisa. (Added Author). Ihimaera, Witi, 1944- Whale rider. (Added Author). South Pacific Pictures (Firm) (Added Author). ApolloMedia (Firm) (Added Author). Pandora Film (Firm) (Added Author). New Zealand Film Production Fund. (Added Author). New Zealand Film Commission. (Added Author). NZ On Air. (Added Author). Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm) (Added Author). Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House. (Cast).

Available copies

  • 15 of 15 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District.

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Summary:

The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library DVD FIC WHA (Text) 33892004437357 Adult DVDs DVD None 11/15/2005 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1404943722
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Special edition.
  • Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
Participant or Performer Note:
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
Summary, etc.:
The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference.
System Details Note:
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital; widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1)
Language Note:
Closed-captioned; sound track in English with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Awards Note:
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro)
Subject: Grandparent and child > New Zealand > Whangarei > Drama.
Whales > Drama.
Chiefdoms > New Zealand > Whangarei > Drama.
Genre: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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