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Author: Tim SandersJohn BarnettFrank HuebnerNiki CaroKeisha Castle-HughesAll authors
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003], ©2002.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Special edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Drama
Film adaptations
Named Person: Witi Ihimaera; Witi Tame Ihimaera; Witi Ihimaera
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Sanders; John Barnett; Frank Huebner; Niki Caro; Keisha Castle-Hughes; Rawiri Paratene; Vicky Haughton; Cliff Curtis; Grant Roa; Mana Taumaunu; Rachel House; Leon Narbey; David Coulson; Lisa Gerrard; Witi Ihimaera; South Pacific Pictures (Firm); ApolloMedia (Firm); Pandora Film (Firm); New Zealand Film Production Fund.; New Zealand Film Commission.; NZ On Air.; Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 1404943722 9781404943728
OCLC Number: 52959575
Language Note: Closed-captioned; sound track in English with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Notes: 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.
Credits: Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
Awards: San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
Target Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference.
Description: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital; widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1).
Other Titles: Whalerider (Motion picture)
Responsibility: 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.

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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.

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