Director : Niki Caro
New-Zealand / 2003 / 107 minutes / 35 mm / colour
Production : Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hubner

Cast : Keisha Castle-Hughes, Raziri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu
The people of Whangara believe that their first ancestor, Paikea, arrived on the back of a whale. In the centuries that followed, a line of first born boys have descended from him to become chiefs, until today. Today, the tradition would fall to a girl named Pai, but her grandfather chief refuses to acknowledge her claim. Although there are a number of fine performances, it is Castle-Hughes that stands out with her determined claim.
This beautifully photographed modern tale, based upon Maori tradition, should be on everyone’s "must see" list.

Film introduced by Tim Sanders