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.
Terror attack survivor Temel Atacocugu returns to the Al Noor Mosque to tell his extraordinary story of survival.
A survivor stands defiant and a family rushes from Turkey to be with their injured son.
A pilgrimage to Mecca brings healing and a chance at redemption.
A desperate search for an injured friend and a meeting with John Campbell.
Temel return to his Turkish homeland and remembers his childhood.
Temel visits an old friend and learns about the Turkish reaction to March 15.
Nearly one year on, Temel talks to fellow survivors at the Al Noor Mosque.