Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro

Table of Contents

Important background 2

An adaptation 2

Shooting Whale Rider 2

Plot overview 3

Character list 3

Themes 3

Maori words used in the film 4

Discussion questions 5

Leadership – discussion and change 5

Expectations and Disappointments – Generational Differences 5

Important background

An adaptation

This film is based on the book The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. Ihimaera was inspired to write the book in 1985 while living in an apartment in New York overlooking the Hudson River. “I heard helicopter...

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