Briar Grace-Smith | Short Drama
New Zealand | 2019 |14 min
World Premiere

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

Krystal is a young woman just released from jail. Instead of going home, she goes straight to a party at her brother Storm's apartment to avoid her judgemental mother. Memories of the ill night keep flooding back. Storm hides her sister's shame from his roommates, but events unfold, forcing Krystal to confront facts from the past. She realizes that the person that she wants to see the least is the person she needs the most — her mum.


Briar Grace-Smith is of Ngāpuhi descent and an award-winning writer of plays, short stories and screenplays. She attended the Sundance writers lab with the feature film The Strength of Water, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2019, she received the Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists through the Sundance Institute