Traditions, beliefs, growing up focus of Sooke Film Awareness Night

Whale Rider screened on March 7

Traditions, beliefs, growing up focus of Sooke Film Awareness Night

A movie on traditions, beliefs, growing up, magic, and love is featured at Awareness Film Night on March 7.

Whale Rider is a 2002 New Zealand-German film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera.

The film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a 12-year-old Maori girl whose destiny is to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role for men only.

Director Niki Caro transcends ordinary filmmaking with Whale Rider. The film played to standing ovations at both the Toronto and Sundance film festivals.

The movie will be shown at Edward Milne Community School theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The film starts at 7.