Reviews Film

Whale Rider

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:455
  1. Upasana Tayal, BMJ Clegg scholar (
  1. BMJ

    Written and directed by Niki Caro

    On general release

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    Whale Rider is a film about indigenous people and the struggles that they can face to preserve their traditional way of life. Although this is not specifically a film about indigenous health, it starkly portrays the sort of unglamorous social and cultural conditions that are likely to take their toll on health, and commonly do in indigenous communities around the world: shack houses, unemployment, drugs, and children smoking.

    Set in the small town of Whangara, New Zealand, Whale Rider tells the story of a real-life …

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