9-year-old Ani drifts into a land of play and make believe after her mother runs out on the family –leaving Ani and her father to fend for themselves. Disconnected from each other, Ani and her father try and maintain a semblance of routine. Ani gives up on her phantom mother, and finds her father alone. She holds him. Ani knows mum is not coming back.
Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu
She is a writer and director born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her father is Māori, 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 NZFC. Ani is her directing debut.