Nino Aldi’s “TRIBES” World Premiere At The 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival

TRIBES, or, what humankind might accomplish if it only had eleven minutes in a speeding subway car!


By Vernon Nickerson,

TRIBES, directed by the incredibly talented Nino Aldi, is an absolute gem of an emotional roller coaster and a featured short at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Full-disclosure, toy guns particularly and toy weapons of any kind in general were forbidden in my family by my father, a Korean War veteran father who had survived the worst that powerful nations armed to the teeth could do to each other.  I loathe gratuitous gun violence in film or television.  All that being said, what Aldi and a stellar cast of performers do with three guns and a powerful and literate script is, by an exquisitely executed series of dramatic twists and turns, FAN-F**KING-TASTIC, PROFOUNDLY MOVING AND FUNNY!

As an educator with an 18-to-22-year-old student population, I immediately want the film and it’s creators to be the center piece of a classroom discussion. I wonder how many lives might be saved and or impacted for the better by having the opportunity to view this perfectly pitched work of art. I really love the fact that TRIBES raises more questions than could be answered in its less than 11-minute run time. As a human being and American citizen so weary of our current politics and often petty social discourse, TRIBES is a welcome breath of fresh air. Note to NETFLIX, HULU: GET THIS FILM, ASAP! Note to my fellow earthlings: GO SEE THIS FILM NOW, then stop and talk about it as if your life depended on having that conversation!


Tribes Clip from Nino Aldi on Vimeo.

To know more about Tribes, please follow the short on social media at @TribesTheMovie on Instagram and Facebook.