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Whale Rider

Despite the hardships and disappointments in her life, one young Maori girl becomes a pivotal force in changing the traditions and mindsets of her struggling tribe. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The role of chief comes with privileges and many obligations. Why did Porourangi hesitate to take on the responsibility of leading the people? Did Pai believe in her abilities despite the treatment she received from others? Is leadership inherent or hereditary?

Small communities are sometimes plagued with a lack of opportunities and jobs for residents. What issues did the people in Koro’s village face? How did Porourangi find career success? Are there ways for floundering populations to develop options for their own people?

What expectations or traditions are important to your family? Are there skills or customs you have learned from your parents or grandparents? Will you pass them on to the next generation?

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