Directed by Niki Caro
Keisha Castle-Hughes delivers an exceptional debut
performance as a young Maori girl determined to become her tribe's future
leader, despite the objections from her grandfather, the tribe chief, in
this coming-of-age story. Writer-director Niki Caro beautifully adapts
author Witi Ihimaera's eponymous novel, carefully interjecting moments of
tender humor and sadness into the young girl's struggle to define herself
within her own culture. Winner of Sundance's World Cinema Audience Award.