uses Maori myth frequently; Hinenuitepo features prominently, as a powerful female figure, in Maori myth.
explains: "The people in Whangara believe their great ancestor, Paikea, came to New Zealand on the back of a whale after the creature rescued him from the turbulent sea.
became Caro's liaison to Maori elders, helping her to create a movie that explores and respects tribal traditions.
The film's director and screenplay adapter, Niki Caro, is a white New Zealander who - and this is definitely speculation - may have felt a little guilty about making a story so specific to her nation's native culture (Witi Ihimaera
, who wrote the novel, is Maori).
was born in 1944, in Gisborne, New Zealand, into the Te Aitanga A Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, and Ngati Porou tribes.
Like Rabbit-Proof Fence, Whale Rider is based on a book by an indigenous author, Maori writer, Witi Ihimaera
As in the best-selling 1987 novel by Maori writer Witi Ihimaera
, we come to appreciate the rhythms of village life; the card-playing older women are both dignified and humorous, and when Koro begins leadership training for the boys of the village, sympathy for the excluded Pai is leavened with the old man's comic grimaces and the efforts of the youngsters to imitate him.
The story was adapted from the novel by award-new winning New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera
by writer/director Niki Caro in just three weeks.
Based on a 1985 novel by Maori author Witi Ihimaera
and written and directed by white New Zealander Niki Caro, the mood here is probably more reminiscent of John Sayles' The Secret of Roan Inish while it shares its theme with many a coming-of-age movie and stories of female empowerment.
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The family is Maori, and the scene opens the popular Oscar-nominated New Zealand film, Niki Caro's Whale Rider (2002), based on the short novel by the Maori poet and author Witi Ihimaera
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