In a small New Zealand coastal village, the Maori face a great dilemma. In every generation, a male heir has always become the tribe's chief. So when her twin brother dies prematurely before he can inherit his post, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is left to fight the clan's aging patriarch and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny. Written and directed by Niki Caro, from the novel by Witi Ihimaera. Official Web Site

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Director: Niki Caro

Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House, Taungaroa Emile, Tammy Davis, Mabel Warekawa-Butt, Rawinia Clarke, Tahei Simpson, Roi Taimana, Elizabeth Skeen, Tyronne White

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1hr 45mins

Release Year: 2002

Country Of Origin: New Zealand/Germany