‘Tribes’ a short film co-produced by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica to be considered for Oscar® Nomination

Asha Bajaj
4 min readDec 8, 2020


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(Los Angeles, CA)/Canadian-Media: After winning the best comedy award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival, where Nino Aldi’s live-action short film TRIBES surpassed 70,000 views, the Hollywood celebrity reporter Perez Hilton’ proclamation that the film “Is A Potential Oscar Nominee!” and soon became part of the Academy Awards conversation among fans and industry members.

The current societal conversations around race, division, and identity reflected in TRIBES’ are imbibed by the audience by a good laugh.

“This short film has a rather unusual trajectory because, in the beginning, the festival programmers considered it simply as a comedy with a positive message. But following all the social issues that we have experienced this year 2020, such as Black Lives Matter and the US Elections, the film took on a whole new dimension in the public and media’s consciousness.” explains Canadian producer Patricia Chica. “The message of this satirical film is important for opening the discussion, and in a fun way, on the issues that divide humanity. Plus, who doesn’t need a good laugh these days?” she adds.

Patricia Chica. Image credit: @GeovannySolis_GOODy

“Our society needs meaning and positivity and it does help to discuss serious issues while having a good laugh,” says director Nino Aldi, “and this is exactly what TRIBES offers in 10 minutes,” he adds.

Nino Aldi. Image credit: Fixseed Productions

The themes of inclusion, diversity, and unity in this powerful and thought-provoking dark satire, unfold during a train ride between two stations as an African-American, an Arab-American, and a white man trying to rob a train when no one wants to rob their own race.

Self-identity is truly a bitch — a concealed premise perfectly fits under Nino Aldi’s camera, revealing our current social environment, with a hint of comedy.

Internet celebrity and American Music Award honoree DeStorm Power who plays the African-American character says: “As a black man living in America, growing up experiencing inequity first hand, the effect of racism, police brutality and being discriminated against constantly simply for being black; TRIBES reconfirmed to me that I’m not alone in this fight for equality. Bringing this issue to life in a comedic fashion and helping the viewers see its importance, was more than rewarding.”

DeStorm Power. Image credit: Fixseed Productions

Emmy-winning producer and actor Jake Hunter who plays the white guy adds: “With TRIBES, I wanted to tell an entertaining story that sheds light on the conversation around race and that at the same time inspires the population to realize that we’re all one.”

Jake Hunter. Image credit: FixseedProductions

“The biggest message to take away from TRIBES is unity. No matter how you separate people based upon age, gender, race, and ethnicity, we are all connected. This is what makes us humans and allows us to understand all that we have in common” says Forbes’ 30 Under 30 actor and influencer Adam Waheed, who plays the role of the Middle-Eastern character.

Adam Waheed. Image credit: Fixseed Productions

Winner of multiple awards including the prestigious 1st Place at the Just For Laughs’ funniest short films from around the world competition, Eat My Shorts, Tribes had its world premiere at the Academy qualifying Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

​This was followed by Regard, Rhode Island International, LA Shorts, and the Cannes’ Film Festival American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, to name a few. The film will be released in 2021 on the highly curated platform ShortOfTheWeek.com.

MOVIE CLIP: www.vimeo.com/381705906

BEHIND-THE-SCENES: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT2kWO8Zj1g​

Tribes’ Team (from L-R); Jake Hunter (actor-producer), Patricia Chica (Canadian producer), and Nino Aldi (director). Image credit: © Selfie by Jake Hunter

This funny and thought-provoking satire stars Internet personalities Jake Hunter (Emmy award-winner, Adam Waheed (Forbes’ 30 Under 30), and DeStorm Power (Emmy Nominated, American Music Award honoree). The screenplay is written by Andy Marlatt (winner of the Page International Screenwriting Awards). The producers are the three leading actors as well as TIFF Filmmaker Lab alumna Patricia Chica and multidisciplinary filmmaker Jeion Green. The film was executive produced by Will Meldman of Double Down Pictures and Jordan Taylor Wright of Taylor Cut Films. Digital Jungle Post Production handled the deliverables of the short.

For more information about TRIBES, please visit the following links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TribesTheMovie
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/TribesTheMovie
IMDb: www.imdb.com/title/tt9883024/
Hashtag: #TribesTheMovie



Asha Bajaj

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