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Whale Rider

Narrative. 2002. 101 min. Niki Caro. New Zealand. English. PG-13.

Recommended Age: 11+

In a small town in New Zealand, a young girl named Pai wants to become the next leader of her  Māori tribe. Challenged by her grandfather and the old tradition that says only men can be chiefs, Pai embarks on a journey of self discovery in the face of adversity.

Educational Themes: Coming of age, Cultural Heritage, Gender, Leadership, Perseverance

Content Advisory: PG-13 rating for brief language and a momentary drug reference

Read Common Sense Media’s review to learn more about whether this film is right for your students.



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