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Clutching the red phone, Ani pretends to be a grown woman who’s leaving her husband. Her mother departs that very night. Next morning, Ani consoles her crying father, skipping school so as not to leave him alone. Soon she has to express her own grief as well. Poignantly close to her protagonist, Māori director Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu depicts the conflicting feelings a nine-year-old girl experiences when her beloved parents separate.

Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

New Zealand 2019

English, Maori

13’ · Colour

recommendation: 10 years and up

World premiere


Isabella Evans (Ani)
Maaku Pohatu (Father)


Written and directed by
Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu
Maria Inés Manchego
Anastasia Doniants
Lydia Cole
Sound Design
James Dean
Mark Williams
Production Design
Samuel Evans
Olivia Dodson
Storm Robbins
Pete Ritchie
Assistant Director
Sez Neiderer
Sarah Cook
Executive Producers
Erina Tamepo, Tamalene Painting, Christina Asher, Ngā Aho Whakaari, Adrian Burr


Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

The writer and director was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1984. Her father is Māori and her mother is ‘Pākehā’, the name for the first European settlers in New Zealand. In 2016, she participated in the Script to Screen mentorship programme and was one of the nine female Māori filmmakers to work on Waru, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded Best Feature Film Script at the Script Writers Awards New Zealand. In 2018, she won the Māori Screen Excellence Award from the New Zealand Film Commission. Ani is her directing debut.


2017 Waru 2018 Krystal; short film 2019 Ani; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Kōtiro Iti Films