Video analysis

The Whale Riders

Together with Yavaraj Athur Raghuvir I viewed the movie named The Whale Rider which usually deals with the void of cultural restrains both as an individual and as a contemporary society. The story takes place in Fresh Zealand the place that the Maori people of a little village claim descent in the Whale Riders, Paikea. By tradition the heir towards the leadership of the Maori tribe has to be the first born son- a direct patrilineal descendant of Paikea. The Maori people faces a crisis as the existing leader's firstborn grandchild, an infant boy dies at birth as the second delivered twin, a baby girl survives. The girl grows up being specific of her calling as the next tribe leader. PRIMARY CHARACTERS:

Pai: 12 yr old girl who may be the only living child inside the line of the tribe's chiefly succession Koro: Pai's grandfather and current tribe leader

Nanny Plants: Pai's grandma

Porourangi: Pai's father

Rawiri: Pai's dad


SEXISM: stereotypical gender functions

Women: makes food: Koro utters " Women installation dinner”

should not smoke: children says: " Women should not smoke”

needs to sit in the back: Koro tells Pai to move from the front row to the back line

when they have got a meeting in Marae

Guys: are competitors: boys happen to be traditionally trained to use the taiaha

fix things: Koro is certainly not pleased when Pai may fix the motor intended for the boat

young boys do not weep: Pai finds Hemi sobbing and this individual gets disappointed and explains to her to travel


Porourangi worked on building a Waka (canoe), a Maori cultural tradition, before the birth of his twin babies but because of his lack of wife and son, this individual stops and moves to Indonesia. Porourangi " refuses” to assume classic leadership. He could be acting away of problems when he moves to Germany to pursue a job as a great artist, and he has learned that they can never live up to Koro's expectations. Both are indications of internalized oppression. Hemi's father also displays sign of...