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Whale Rider

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Directed by Niki Caro

Stars Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene and Vicky Haughton

CommonSense Media Rating: 11+

All Family Classics include an opening tradition featuring a Warner Bros cartoon and prelude concert from the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Tickets just $4. Box Office opens at 9:30 am.


January 20
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221 United States
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