true to life
These films are based on a true story or set in a real time in history.
Not just for girls! These films feature empowering girls breaking the mold.
These films are based on book or graphic novel.
Returning filmmakers whose films have screened in previous Festivals
Whale Rider - Special 15th Anniversary Screening
The internationally acclaimed classic returns to the big screen! In a small village of coastal New Zealand, the male heir to the Maori Chief succeeds the title of the Whale Rider. But while Pai, at 12 years old, is the only available heir, the Chief refuses to acknowledge her as the rightful successor to the title because she is a girl. Instead, he looks to other boys in the village to train in their ancient traditions, in hopes that their future leader will be revealed to him. Pai must summon both grit and grace in order to claim her destiny.