BIO

Passionate about cinema, Maharaki directed her first short film, INDIES, in 1999.

 

In 2002, while still a student at l’Ecole International de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation (EICAR), Maharaki produced and directed the short film INNOCENTS which participates in international festivals such as FESPACO in Burkina Faso and Vues D'Afrique in Quebec.


In 2004, as part of the closing promotional event for EICAR, from which she graduated with a "Bachelor in Fine Arts - Audio Visual & Film Production", accredited by the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools (EABHES), Maharaki wins the Grand Jury Prize for her short film DIG IT.

Awarded at the Forum des Images in Paris and presented in the presence of the director Oliver STONE, this Grand prize recognizes a fun short film whose main role, played by Edouard MONTOUTE, earns the actor the Prize for Best Performance.

Over the years, Maharaki has received numerous awards for her short films, music videos and advertisements. The quality of her work leads her to collaborate with international brands such as L'Oreal, Garmin, Avon, Carterpillar and Instyle.


In Barbados, where she lived for nearly fifteen years, she directed music videos, notably for the band Krosfyah and the singer Indrani, advertisements for Caribbean brands, produced audiovisual content for Carribbean Export and Invest Barbados and participated in shoots alongside international stars such as Shontelle and Rihanna.


In 2011, Maharaki created his production company, ROCK ROSE, which made excellence one of its founding values. Based in Martinique, ROCK ROSE mainly produces fiction and regularly offers introductory workshops to scriptwriting and filmmaking. ROCK ROSE is also strongly involved in image transmission and education in non-profit organizations and schools.


Not losing sight of her dreams of cinema, Maharaki traveled the world, during the year 2014, with her short film, VIVRE, selected at more than fifty films festivals and awarded 11 awards in less than a year.


At the end of 2017, Maharaki directed her first feature-length documentary, JOCELYNE, MI TCHE MWEN. Produced by Riddim Production and co-produced by Canal + Antilles and Canal + Guyane, the intimate and touching portrait of singer Jocelyne BEROARD, the only female member of the legendary group KASSAV', has won several awards and has deeply moved the general audience.


During 2020, Maharaki directs and produces PROJET H. Shot in one night and post produced in confinement, the short film, based on a West Indian joke, humorously questions US imperialism and the ability of countries under domination to take their destiny into their own hands. Registered at numerous festivals around the world, PROJET H is in the official selection of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora film festival & lectures Series, first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for narrative shorts devoted to women of color.


Maharaki is actively working on the production of her first feature film, a modern romantic comedy scheduled for filming in Martinique.

FILMOGRAPHY & AWARDS

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2020 - PROJET H

(5 min, Rock Rose) Official selection :

  • Official selection  - Montreal International Black Film Festival, Canada

  • Official selection - CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, Canada

  • Official selection - Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, Silicon Valley, USA

  • Best actress in a short - Last Vegas Black film Festival, USA

  • Official selection - Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique, Québec

  • Official selection - Santa Barbara Film Festival, USA

  • Official selection - Montreal Independant Film festival, Canada

  • Official selection - The Pan African film festival, los Angeles, USA

  • Official selection - Toronto Black Film festival, Canada

  • Official selection - Reel Sisters Film Festival Brooklyn, USA

  • Official selection - Cinémartinique festival, Martinique

  • Official selection - Festival Monde en Vues, Guadeloupe

  • Official selection - Cinestar, Guadeloupe

  • Semi-Finalist - Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA

  • Semi-Finalist - Gold Movie Awards, London

 

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2017 - JOCELYNE MI TCHE MWEN

(90 min, Riddim Productions, Canal + Antilles, Canal + Guyane)

  • Best Documentary Award, New Regards Festival, Guadeloupe - 2018

  • CAURIS Prize for the best film from the diaspora, Africlap Festival, Toulouse - 2018

  • CINESTAR Prize, Cinestar Festival, Guadeloupe - 2018

  • MEMORIAL ACTe Prize, Cinestar Festival, Guadeloupe - 2018

 

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2013 - VIVRE

(13 min, Arts & Vision Productions, Rock Rose, Nomades Productions)

  • Youth Jury Prize, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, USA – 2014

  • Prix du meilleur court-métrage de fiction, Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix, France – 2014

  • Prix regards Francophone, Festival du film court de Troyes, France – 2014

  • Blue Wave Award, Lakeshorts films festival, Toronto, Canada – 2014

  • Audience Choice Award, Lakeshorts films festival, Toronto, Canada – 2014

  • Prix de Court Canal +, Festival prix de Court, Antilles Guyane – 2014

  • Meilleur Court-métrage International, Festival Internacional de Mujeres en Corto, Rép.Dominicaine – 2014

  • Prix FEMI dans les murs, Festival Régional et International du film de Guadeloupe – 2014

  • Grand Jury Prize, Bahamas International Film Festival – 2013

  • Second Jury Prize, Ciné Global, République Dominicaine – 2013

  • Prix du Public, Festival Courts des îles, Tahiti, Polynésie Française – 2013

 

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2011 - UN ACHAT COMPULSIF

(5 min, HD, Rock Rose, Nomades Productions)

  • Prix du Public, Festival Prix de Court, Martinique – 2011

  • Mention Spéciale du Jury pour l’humour, Festival Prix de Court, Martinique – 2011

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2006 - HOLDING ON

(35 min, DV, Rain Warrior, Cosmic Flow Production, Barbade)

  • Best Director, Bridgetown Film Festival, Barbade - 2007

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2003 - DIG IT

(8 min, DV, EICAR Paris)

  • Sélection officielle AISFF, Asiana International Short film festival, Corée du Sud - 2006

  • Sélection officielle, Festival Les Arts s’Affichent, Martinique – 2005

  • Grand Prix du Jury, Projection de clôture de promotion EICAR, Paris – 2004

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2002 - INNOCENT

(5 min, DV, EICAR Paris)

  • Mention Spéciale du Jury, Festival Ekoclap, Martinique – 2010

  • Sélection officielle Festival Les arts s’affichent, Martinique - 2005

  • Sélection officielle Festival Vues d’Afrique, Québec – 2003

  • Sélection officielle FESPACO, Burkina Faso – 2002

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1999 - INDIES

(5 min, DV, Production personnelle)

  • Sélection officielle, Festival Clip Clap Couleur Caraïbe, Martinique – 2000

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