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Surf to PBS for 'Whale Rider'

(Posted July 20, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( In 2002, a small film called "Whale Rider," written and directed by Niki Caro, began a journey that would capture the imagination of the world. This may seem odd since the story is set in the little-known Maori culture of New Zealand.

There's a kind of showbiz mindset that always wants to shoot for the broadest possible common denominator, but this film, like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," proves that sometimes the most specific story can have universal appeal.

On Sunday, July 24, at 9 p.m. ET, PBS broadcasts "Whale Rider," which stars then-11-year-old New Zealander Keisha Castle-Hughes, who's part Australian and part Maori, as Pai, a chief's granddaughter who wants to assume her place as the leader of her people.

Source: Zap2it

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