Cinema New Bedford: Whale Rider

November 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
684 Purchase Street New Bedford
MA 02740
Sarah M
Cinema New Bedford: Whale Rider @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Given an unprecedented standing ovation at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and met with great praise from the likes of Roger Ebert (“…the genius of the movie is the way it sidesteps all of the obvious cliches or the underlying story and makes itself fresh, observant, tough and genuinely moving), Whale Rider tells the story of a 12-year old Maori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe.
Only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a Maori tribe in New Zealand. This ancient custom is upset when the child selected to be the next chief dies at birth. However his twin sister, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), survives. At age 12, she enlists the help of her grandmother (Vicky Haughton) and the training of her uncle (Grant Roa) to claim her birthright. But to break with convention, she’ll have to do the impossible: win over her ultra-traditional grandfather (Rawiri Paratene). Run time: 101 minutes
Until further notice, all attendees over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Properly fitting face masks at indoor events are also required for all ages. By purchasing a ticket, you agree that you and those you’ve purchased tickets for will adhere to these requirements.
Tickets are $10, available online at, by phone at 508-994-2900 or in person at The Z Box Office.

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