kweliTV | VIVRE


A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While his joyful classmates respond, Tom, a quiet 10-year-old boy, slips away.


Youth Jury Prize - Chicago International Children’s Film Festival; Prix Jury Jeune Best fiction short film, Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix; Prix Regards Francophones - Festival du Film Court de Troyes, France; Prix de court 2014 Canal - Festival Prix de Court; Agency 71 Blue Wave Award - Lakeshorts Film Festival; TD Waterhouse Audience Choice Award - Lakeshorts Film Festival; Best International Short film - FEMUJER; FEMI dans les murs - Regional & International film Festival of Guadeloupe; Grand Jury Prize, Short film Winner - Bahamas International Film Festival; 2nd Jury Prize - Festival Ciné Global; Audience choice Award - Festival Courts des îles; Official Selection - St Barth Film Festival; Official Selection - Roshd International Film Festival; Official Selection - Week-end Tout Court[s]; Official Selection -Diaspora Film Festival; Official Selection - Seoul International Youth film festival; Official Selection - Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival; Official Selection - San Francisco Black Film Festival; Official Selection - Brooklyn Film Festival; Official Selection - Short film Corner, Festival de Cannes; Official Selection -Festival Vues d’Afrique – Québec; Official Selection - Festival ReelWorld – Toronto & Markham; Official Selection - FEMUJER – Festival International Mujeres en corto; Official Selection - Ouidah Film Festival – Benin; Official Selection - Festival du film de Mont de Marsan; Official Selection - Arts des Sud, Festival Courts des îles – Tahiti, Polynésie Française; Official Selection - Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival; Official Selection Caribbean Film Corner

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Born and raised in Martinique, Maharaki presently lives in Barbados. She studied “Visual Arts and Fine Arts Techniques” at L’Ecole Regionale d’Arts Visuels de la Martinique and Interior Design at the Barbados Community College.

She graduated in 2004 from the Ecole Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle & de Réalisation (EICAR) in Paris. She received her Bachelor of Fine arts Motion Picture Directing from the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools (E.A.B.H.E.S) in London.

In 2002, she directs her first short film entitled, INNOCENTS, The film is officially in several international film festivals, such as the 2003 FESPACO in Burkina Faso and “Vues d’Afrique” in Quebec.

In 2004, she is awarded the Grand Jury Prize of her film school’s annual showcase for the directing of her short film DIG IT. The film also receives the award for “Best Acting Performance”. Maharaki receives her prize at “le Forum des Images” in Paris before a panel of 15 international TV and motion picture professionals, including the guest of honor, American director, Oliver Stone. As a result of this award, DIG IT is recognized officially by a number of film festivals around the world.

In April 2006, Maharaki is invited to return to Barbados to direct the Barbados National Cultural Foundation’s award winning script, HOLDING ON. Shortly after the end of the shoot, she directs “The Rihanna Behind the Scenes photo shoot” for In Style Magazine.

A few years later, the music video TO THE OTHER SIDE, she directed for the artist Indrani, is nominated at the Barbados Music Awards in the category “Music video of the year”. 

In 2011 her short film, UN ACHAT COMPULSIF wins the Audience Prize and Special Jury Mention for best humor at The Festival Prix de Court. The film is an actual performance as it was shot & edited in 48 hours with no other equipment but a small handycam and a laptop, no professional actor and no financial support.

Based in Barbados, Maharaki freelances throughout the Caribbean, directing music videos, advertisements and short TV formats. She is regularly solicited to assist overseas productions, which led her to work with music stars such as Rihanna and Shontelle.

Pursuing her dreams of cinema, Maharaki completed in 2013, her much anticipated film, VIVRE, produced by Arts & Vision Productions Guadeloupe), Rock Rose (Martinique), and Nomades Productions (Martinique). The film received the support of several institutions such as The Regional Councils of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the Martinique Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Cultural and Communication, Le Centre National du Cinema et de l’image animée (CNC). The script won “Le Prix Lumina Sophie 2007”, while the project was presented at the 2012 Cannes film festival. VIVRE was officially released in September 2013 in London.

Maharaki is currently preparing her first feature film.

All from this director.