Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The film Whale Rider is about a 12 year old girl Pai whose mother and twin brother died during birth. After the death of Pai’s twin brother, the girl’s grandfather, Koro, believes that the community is doomed since the first born males are to be considered Paikea’s direct descendants, making them the new chief. Paikea is an ancestor who rode to shore on the back of a whale after his canoe flipped over. Pai eventually wished to fulfill the spot as chief when she saw her grandfather’s school training young boys to hopefully find a future chief. Since Pai wasn’t allowed in the school, she observed and learned the moves better than the boys. When Pai is finally given a chance to show her worth, she proves her grandfather wrong.
I really enjoyed this film, and the positive message entailed. It was interesting seeing the different type of culture and traditions people have. Pai’s perseverance is almost inspiring. I think I would definitely watch this again.