He's rather gruff, and he refuses to call Pai by her true given name, but he does love her very much. The Maoris are not a monolith and internal dissension is active. Her father, Porourangi , an artist, leaves New Zealand, and the little girl is raised and much loved by her grandparents Koro and Nanny Flowers. In the story, Paikea does not conform to the expectations of what a messiah-figure ought to be. The story takes place in the small town Whangara in New Zealand. Confronted with her grandfather's myopia, with his unwillingness to recognize her puissance, Pai simply showers him with love, compassion and companionship; she is unequivocal in her belief that Koro will finally be able to draw upon the wisdom he possesses as a descendent of Paikea. At age 13, she became the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee after her performance in the 2002 film Whale Rider.
According to legend, the Maori came to Whangara when their great leader Paikea led them by riding on a whale. I checked out the Common Sense Media notes before I took my 9 year old and 5 year old to the movie. When Pai is the only remaining family descendent, Koro becomes aggravated because she is female and will not be able to carry on the tradition of men as leaders. This film shows the new woman in film, as Paikea is a strong independent woman who is shown with emphasis on strength and the ability to surpass all obstacles and rise above the oppression. On the other hand, it is a drama about relationship of a young girl and her grandfather.
Unfortunately, Pai is female and technically cannot inherit the leadership. Despite her youth, heroine Pai demonstrates extraordinary strength of character as she learns all that the next leader of her people must learn, trying to keep it secret from her disapproving grandfather. The new generation shows little interest in many of the traditions, and it becomes clear that even when attending the sacred school the young boys fail to grasp the true importance of their past and the value of ancient practices. It is a proven fact that in America, the average wage of men is higher than the average wage of women. Men also tend to hold higher positions in various labor industries across the country.
Ever since, the Maori have been led by the descendants of that leader. This film combines elements of history, traditions, depicting them from the point of view of a child, that sees the world not in black and white terms. Like a young Maori girl rising to breathe new life to her dying tribe. Finally both films cry out the fact that U. She smashes hierarchies, just as she shatters the classic notions of leadership.
Her grandparents clearly love her, although in the course of the film Koro Apirana turns bitter and takes it out on Pai. When Koro initially begins scouting young boys around the tribe in order to find his next leader, he set up training and a series of tasks each person needed to succeed with. The breakdown may have been fueled by his father's sky-high expectations. Koro loves Pai deeply, but he is still bitter about not having a male heir. Koro, the seigneurial chief of the Ngati Konohi--and Pai's grandfather--knows only that he lacks a scion and that his people will be without a leader when he dies. The tribe founded by Paikea has always been led by the previous chief's firstborn son, in a line of descent stretching back to the whale rider himself. Australia and New Zealand are both encountering, in politics and in culture and often the two are inextricably linked , their shared heritage of white oppression of native peoples.
She doesn't punctuate the scene with sentimentality. Motherhood: Three years after being nominated for an Oscar, Keisha became pregnant with her first child aged just 16. How the youngest-ever Oscar nominee went from being the 'Kiwi Lindsay Lohan' and a teenage mother to living the dream as a film producer in Los Angeles. Pictured in 2002's Whale Rider In addition to acting, she has branched out into producing films and has also relocated from Auckland to Los Angeles. He causes Pai much hurt by doubting her, questioning her achievements, insisting in the face of everything she achieves that she is only a girl. And of course, the newly discovered Castle-Hughes, all of 11 years old back then, is an astonishing Paikea, the girl who is at once headstrong and fragile, and possessing an uncanny mystical depth that belies her youth and innocence. The music and Maori songs complement but do not compete with the dialogue, a welcome change from many movies today.
The townspeople believe that all their chiefs are descended from the whale rider, their original ancestor who arrived on the back of a whale. For Pai, power is a thing to be shared. The film is from New Zealand, though it has many Australian elements, it shows the connection between the land and the native people. After watching this film, I feel that the director Niki Caro is trying to explore the ways that gender and power are exemplified in certain cultures around the world. My twin brother died, and took our mother with him.
Something in a larger and more significant scale, that brings together all of the themes of the film into a magnificent final sequence. Pai's actions are those of an enlightened being, of a person who knows her place in the world. Even though Pai had always grown up learning what it meant to be a girl and a woman, she had to learn certain aspect of masculinity in order to become leader of the tribe. Highly recommended, particularly for young girls. Waiting for someone to love it. The main social issue that is brought up by the film is the function of the woman in a world controlled mostly by men.