Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trying to Gain Acceptance

The movie "Whale Rider" was filmed in 2002. It begins as a mother gives birth to a set of twins (a boy and a girl). The baby boy dies, as well as the mother. In the community of Whangara, the first-born, which was always the male is considered Paikea's direct descendant. These descendants are intended to be the new chief. But being that the male died, it was now trouble for the community. After all this Paikea believes she is to fulfill the spot. Her grandfather Koro didn’t want this to happen so he didn’t treat her with any respect. Throughout the movie Paikea is trying to gain the acceptance of Koro. When she gets tired of how her grandfather treats her, she decides to leave to Germany with her father. After a while she changes her mind and returns back to her grandmother and grandfather. While living there, she wanted to attend the same school as the boys but wasn’t allowed in. She eventually learned the moves better than the boys, and again Koro didn’t accept this one bit. After the ancestors didn’t respond to Koro’s call, Paikea attempts to help and do the same, only, they responded this time. Her success isn’t what she thought, as the whales started to wash up on the shore and all begin to die. As the people couldn’t get the whales back in the water,Paikea tries to help but Koro doesn’t let her, “You’ve done enough” he told her. To show that she isn’t afraid; after the people were leaving she climbed on top of a whale and kicked it. As the whale began to move back to the water she stayed on and rode it in the water. She was brave enough to not let her family down, and let them know she wasn’t afraid to die.

This movie is definitely a “Have to see.” I really enjoyed this film. It was very interesting and I loved the way Paikea never gave up. It stood out to me because anything a man can do, a woman can do also. I also liked the fact that she showed her grandfather that tradition isn’t always right. She then believed in her heart she was the chief. I would definitely love to see this movie again.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I agree with everything you said! Awesome summary!