Wednesday, March 7th
Whale Rider is a 2002 New Zealand-German film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera.
The film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a twelve-year-old Maori girl whose destiny is to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role for males only. The film was shot on location on Whangara, the setting of the novel.
Director Niki Caro transcends ordinary film making with Whale Rider. The film played to standing ovations at both the Toronto and Sundance film festivals, and with good reason. It is not a film that tells us anything is possible. It shows us. It does not sink into despair over the disappearing way of life of the Maori people. It shows us that any group of people, any tribe or village, any nation, can survive and even prosper if we rely on what we feel in our hearts.
This is a film about traditions, about beliefs, about growing up, about magic, and about love.
Doors open at 6:30, film will start at 7:00
In the theatre at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC.
Admission is by donation