23rd September 2004
Director: Niki Caro
New Zealand, Germany, 2003
Run Time: 101 minutes, Certificate: ,
Our heroine is Pai, a self-possessed yet acutely sensitive young girl (Keisha Castle-Hughes) born into a long line of tribal chiefs. However, her gender means Pai can never succeed the title. When her father (Cliff Curtis) and uncle (Grant Roa) both reject the calling, the future of the tribe looks grim. For Pai's grandfather Koro (Rawiri Paratene), a staunch defender of tradition, it's a full-blown crisis.