New Zealand's most successful international film, Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Whale Rider is now available on Blu-ray. In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. When twins are born and the boy twin dies, Koro, the chief is unable to accept his granddaughter Pai as a future leader. Koro is convinced that the tribe's misfortunes began at Pai's birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, sure a new leader will be revealed. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny. When whales become stranded on the beach, Koro is sure this signals an apocalyptic end to his tribe. Until one person prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the people. The Whale Rider. A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young girl fights to fulfil her destiny, Whale Rider is directed by Niki Caro who adapted it for the screen from the novel by award winning New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.