Our first installment in Chick Flicks is the 2002 New Zealand film Whale Rider. Written and Directed by Niki Caro, the film tells the story of a 12-year old Paikea, born to be the next chief in a Maori village, but for one problem: she's a girl.
Pai must face-off against the rigidity of her grandfather, a struggle that encapsulates the Maori conflict around gender, tradition and modernity.
In the episode, Courtney and Chris discuss feminine leadership, movies for kids vs. movies about kids, and our own desire (as white Americans) for deep cultural traditions.
Also, Courtney speaks whalish.