Whale Rider

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  • Whale Rider Themes

    In the film “Whale Rider” directed by Niki Caro, in a small town in New Zealand called Whangara a innocent young girl called Paikea is born and she is everything Koro didn’t want in the future chief/leader. Throughout the film she struggles to try to become the leader causing a heap of conflict. An important idea shown to us throughout the film is the idea of the role of men and women . A scene where this idea is shown in the film is when Paikea is not allowed to sit in the front row with the men at the Marae. This idea is also shown when Paikea is caught using the taiaha with Hemi. An important idea in the film is the role of men and women. Paikea was born into the community of Whangara who believe that the next descendant of Paikea should…

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  • Myth, Culture And Family In Niki Caro's Whale Rider

    Niki Caro’s acclaimed film, Whale Rider, is an aspiring story of a young Maori girl’s pursuit to prove herself to her grandfather and to undertake her destiny as the tribal leader. Her grandfather, Chief of Whangara has old-fashioned attitudes that blind him to his granddaughter’s potential as his successor. It is only when tragedy strikes that Pai can prove to her grandfather that her community’s link with the spiritual world of the Maori lives on. The emphasis on Maori culture and myth allow…

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  • Whale Rider By Kahu Analysis

    and the relationship amidst nature and man throve.This whale rider gives sticks a part as sustaining things to the islands, yet one spear he tosses 1000 years into what's to come. The middle developments to a horde of whales. The whale mothers look over their young while the single pioneer whale—the bull whale—recollects about his own particular adolescence such quite a while prior, and the significant time he proceeded with the whale rider. In any case, then the story developments to Kahu…

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  • Whale Rider Essay

    Niki Caro’s 2002 film, “Whale Rider” could captivate any audience. Not only was it a film about a young girl dreaming of being a chief, but set in New Zealand, it showed Maori culture and traditions to the rest of the world. With Keisha Castle-Hughes making her film debut as Paikea and Cliff Curtis returning to the screen as her father, “Whale Rider” launched the careers of several actors with it’s story of the determination and courage of a young girl. Paikea, the most recent descendent of…

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  • Whale Rider Tradition

    df her grandpa and her brave resonate with us. Also, by watching this movie we can have a chance of having a glimpse the real maori life. The site is a maori village at the seaside of New Zealand, named Whangara. In this village, the legend that the brave Pikea straddled the whale and came to this place from Hawaiki - the descendant of him is Maori long ago. Also, a man became the chief and whakapapa was handed down. ‘Whale Rider’ starts from the birth of a girl whose grandfather is the chief.…

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  • Whale Rider Reflection

    Whale Rider is a Newzeland-German movie, directed by Niki Caro. The movie is based on the same name novel of Witi Ihimaera. The movie was first released in 2002, its total duration of the movie is 101 minutes. Whale Rider is a story about the journey of Paikea Apirana to become a chief of a village, whose ancestors were riding on the back of the whale and saved people from emptiness. As a narrator of the story, Paikea told the audience the story of herself and the village in searching for a new…

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  • The Pearl And Whale Rider

    What is tradition? Tradition is the factor that holds up cultures, yet some traditions can be negative in the sense that they are not “up to date” with modern beliefs such as gender equality. Tradition plays a huge role in the novella, The Pearl, which is about a lucky but poor family who finds a magical pearl, by John Steinbeck, and the film, Whale Rider, directed by Niki Caro, which is about a young, headstrong girl who struggles in a patriarchal tribe. In both, tradition is mostly a good…

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  • Tradition In Whale Rider

    Tradition is a long established custom or belief that is passed on from generation to generation. Cultures has their own traditions and many times they are broken when new generations are born. The film Whale Rider illustrates a culture in transition. The Maori people of New Zealand are looking for their male descendant of Paikea, a male ancestor who survived on the back of a whale after his boat capsized. Koro Pai’s grandfather has been looking for the next chief to lead them and restore…

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  • Sexism In Whale Rider

    Niki Caro's stoical mystical charming movie Whale Rider introduces newcomer Keisha Castle Hughes in her acting debut as Pai. Gender and Sexism are entrenched in many of the scenes in this movie. For instance, in the very first scene, it shows Pai’s family waiting for the birth of Pai and her twin brother. Koro, Pai’s Grandfather and the current Chief of the Maori People waited with bated breath for the next male to be born who was destined to become the future Chief of the Tribe. However, the…

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  • Paikea In Whale Rider

    Whale Rider and Paikea’s Significance from the First Scene The beginning of the film Whale Rider (2002) does not only tell the story of the beginnings of the Maori people, but it also lays out a theme that the rest of the film follows. In the first scene of the film, the voice of main character, Paikea, tells the story of her people. She is not revealed to be the main character of the film until after this first scene. Paikea’s voice-over and the editing in the first scene establishes how…

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