|aWhale rider|cSouth Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hu?bner ; written & directed by Niki Caro.|h[videorecording] /
|aCulver City, Calif. :|aTaipei :|bColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment ;|bQian Qi,|c, c2002.
|a2 videodiscs (101 min.) :|bsd., col. ;|c4 3/4 in.
|aOriginally released as a motion picture in 2002.
|aBased on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
|aSpecial features: behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase.
|aDirector of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
|aKeisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
|aThe Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.
|aMPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference.
|aDVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital; widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1).
|aClosed-captioned; sound track in English with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
|aSan Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
|aIhimaera, Witi Tame,|d1944- |tWhale rider.
|aGrandparent and child|vDrama.|zNew Zealand|zWhangarei