The film gained much respect from critics, it went on in film festivals such as Sundance and Tribecca, and gained international recognition.
It has a lot of awards through the world: BAFTA Childrens’ Award, Best Feature Film – 2003; Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Best Young Actor/Actress (Keisha Castle-Hughes) – 2004; Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Most Promising Performer (Keisha Castle-Hughes) – 2004; Cinemanila International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize – 2003; Humanitas Prize, Sundance Film Category – 2003; Independent Spirit Award, Best Foreign Film (New Zealand) – 2004; Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival and others.
A special attention should be paid to a the concept of shadows in the story, as it has an important meaning.
The symbolism from the beginning foreshadows Pai’s future as a leader: a close up of the crying baby’s green eye mirrors the close up of a whale’s eye.
“Whale Rider” is a drama film of the 2002, based on the novel of Witi Ihimaera, and directed by Niki Caro.
Essay For Whale Rider
The world première was on September 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
All People have the same emotions: they upset and cry, they feel happy and laugh.
A Maori family, despite their beliefs or rituals, can be just like an American family, or any other one.
His name was also Paikea and I am his most recent descendant… And he came on the back of a whale—a man to lead... Even after the boys fail to achieving the whale tooth necklace, the chief’s emblem of leadership.
But I was not the leader my grandfather was expecting. Koro entirely gives up on his hope of finding the successor. Pai needs to "go home", in a spiritual "home", but she is powerless against her grandfather.