Whale rider [videorecording] / South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in assoication The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH
DVDs | Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment | 2003 | Special ed. ; widescreen version.
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD W DRAMA)
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Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2003.
Special ed. ; widescreen version.
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround.
In English with optional Spanish subtitles.
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
Producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; writer/director, Niki Caro ; director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference.
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 possess a natural leadership ability.
Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette ; filmmaker's commentary ; deleted scenes with optional director commentary ; soundtrack showcase.
MW, 10-03; 3-04(add); 6-04(add)
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