Annah la Javanaise

Nominated for

Best Animated

Director: Fatimah Tobing Rony

6' • Indonesia • 2020

French, Indonesian

In 1893, a 13-year-old girl came to work for French painter Paul Gauguin as his maid and model. They called her Annah la Javanaise. This is a reimagining of her story.

Producer: Fatimah Tobing Rony

Writer: Fatimah Tobing Rony

Cast: Rosana Nur Cikita, Oom Umiyati, Imam Wahyudi, Karen Strassman, Jean-Michel Richaud

Visual and Animation Direction: Ariel Victor Original
Score and Sound Design: Aghi Narottama

Fatimah Tobing Rony is a writer, director, producer, and professor who works between Jakarta and Los Angeles. She is a two-time winner of Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards, and has been awarded a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Berlinale Talent Campus, and an ABC/Disney Writing Grant. CHANTS OF LOTUS [PEREMPUAN PUNYA CERITA] (2008), was distributed and exhibited in major theaters in Indonesia, and in film festivals around the world. Her short film, EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN (2000) is distributed by Frameline. ANNAH LA JAVANAISE was an Official Selection of the 2020 Annecy International Festival for Animated Film and won Best Short Film at Anifilm, Liberec, Czech Republic. Her feature film project, also titled ANNAH LA JAVANAISE, won an international competition to present her work at the MIFA Feature Film Pitch, 2021 Annecy International Festival for Animated Film. She received a MFA in Directing from UCLA's School of Film, Theater, and Television, and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University.