March 18, 2020 - 6:00 pm
NOW Women’s Film Festival closes its inaugural season with “Whale Rider,” a 2002 tale from New Zealand about a young Maori girl striving to inherit tribal leadership traditionally restricted to boys. Director Niki Caro also wrote the screenplay, from a book by Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera.
The engrossing performance by 13 year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes won her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, the youngest person ever nominated at the time. An “uplifting story” told with “great sensitivity,” “Whale Rider” intertwines myth with reality in the telling of this girl’s fight for equality.
Join NOW for champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the festival’s closing reception at 6:00 p.m. The film starts at 6:30 p.m.