I am really biased on this one as it is a movie filmed in New Zealand.
The Whale Rider movie is the story of Pai, a twelve year old maori girl, and her struggle against maori traditions . The movie portrays Pai's inner knowledge of her calling and her determination to follow her dream.
The movie will tug at your heart strings, you may find yourself laughing, then next moment wiping away a tear. The scenery is spectacular, the acting is extremely well done, and you will see a wonderful example of maori traditions.
Keisha Castle-Hughes who plays Pai, was nominated for an academy award, quite an achievement for a twelve old.
You can see it on PBS at 9pm in the Seattle area on Sunday July 24th, or check out your local listings.
If you see this movie, let me know what you think about it............