Nicholas Riini | Short Drama
Māori | New Zealand | 2019 |12 Min
International Premiere

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 10:00am
Shorts Program: Tribulations
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Koro, a Vietnam war vet, lives with his daughter and two grandsons. He finds himself lost in thought of another ANZAC service. His grandsons, Whenua and Soul, interrupt him fighting over Whenua’s phone. The phone pumps out battle sounds from a digital war game catapulting Koro back into memories of warfare. Whenua and Soul get caught in the crossfire. Koro is caught in fight two battles to heal from his memories and to reconcile with his grandsons.


Nicholas Riini (Ngai Tuhoe) has worked in the film industry for 17 years, mostly in technical departments. In 2016, Riini returned home with his whanau to focus on his films. He is passionate about fantasy and hopes to the genre with his Māori culture. He is proud and lucky enough to have had Merita Mita, and now Ainsley Gardiner, as mentors. Their support has allowed him to see his future as a director and writer.