WHALE RIDER

Monday, June 17, 2019 Start time: 10:00 am

Film

Venue: Odeon Putney

(New Zealand 2002. Dir: Niki Caro. 101 mins)

ORIGINS offers a special schools screening of this classic Māori film, adapted from the novel by Witi Ihimaera.  

In a small New Zealand coastal village, Māori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation for over 1,000 years, a male heir born to the Chief succeeds to the title. The Chief's eldest son fathers twins - a boy and a girl. But the boy and his mother die in childbirth. The surviving girl is named Pai. Koro, (the Chief) refuses to acknowledge Pai as the inheritor of the tradition and claims she is of no use to him.

Meanwhile, deep within the ocean, a massive herd of whales is responding, drawn towards Pai and their twin destinies. When the whales become stranded on the beach, Koro is sure this signals an apocalyptic end to his tribe. Until one person prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the people. The Whale Rider.

Screening with DON’T BE AFRAID TO HIT THE ICE (Canada 2017. Dir: Shayden Decoursay. 4 mins) www.wapikoni.ca

Booking through local schools only