Nine Bullets

On March 15, 2019, Temel Atacocugu was praying in the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

He heard gunshots and turned to lock eyes with the gunman. He saw a puff of smoke from the rifle and then felt a bullet hit his teeth. It was the first of nine bullets to tear through his body.

He believes his survival is a miracle.

It is not only the story of how he walked out of the mosque alive on March 15, but what happened next. It is a story of defiance, pilgrimage and healing.

This is a survivor’s story.

Stuff commissioned Frank Film to follow Atacocugu’s long recovery from the physical and mental trauma of the attack.