Explore: Whale Rider

July 12, 2006

Whale RiderI’ve wanted to host a “spiritual movie series” for some time, and last night with the help of the whole family we finally got it off the ground. What makes a movie spiritual? Anything can be spiritual if we open our hearts and interact with it honestly. My invitation to those who came was, “Look for the God story.”

I decided to start the series with a film that is close to my heart: Whale Rider. Each time I’ve seen this movie, it has touched me with important questions. This was my third viewing, and this time I was particularly struck by Paikea’s speech, with its lessons on Church 2.0:

But I was not the leader my grandfather was expecting, and by being born, I broke the line back to the ancient ones. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. It just happened.
But we can learn. And if the knowledge is given to everyone, we can have lots of leaders. And soon, everyone will be strong, not just the ones that have been chosen.

What about the rest of you? What touched you or spoke to you?

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

One response to Explore: Whale Rider

  1. Hmmm… What spoke to me was Paikea’s complete and total innocent honesty. She was unabashed about being who she was or standing for what she believed in. Her leadership (prohet-like or not) came from the exact center of her soul, even at a very young age.
    She was alos never really put off by oter people’s rules or oppinions. If people stopped her from doing what she thought was her path, she just found another way of getting the job done – usually without anyone noticing, and always without any malice whatsoever.
    She was pure. And she was good. All the way down. More people should strive to be this way.
    Jon, you are as close to this standard as I have ever seen anyone be. Keep it up, brother; you’ll get there.