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.
Between 1998 and 2004, Maharaki participates in 3 collective exhibits, presents 5 solo exhibits and organizes a performance in the streets of Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique. She contributes her artistic talents to numerous projects for the Children’s Rights Defense Association Enfance & Partage and twice to the Martinique annual carnival festival.
In February 2003, she is invited to exhibit in Portugal during the Martinique week at Leer Devagar Bookstore in Lisbon.
In December 2004, Maharaki organizes and shows her work in a marathon exhibition incorporating 250 pieces of art from 56 artists. 5000€ of the sales from the event were donated to “Telethon” (Genetic Research Foundation).
Throughout the years, her paintings have been acquired by international buyers and spread all around the world.
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.
To date, VIVRE made the official selection of over 50 film festivals and won 11 awards over 9 months: The Youth Jury Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the Youth Jury Prize for best short film at Le Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix in France, the Grand Jury Prize « Prix Regards Francophones » at Le Festival du film Court de Troyes in France, the Grand Jury Prize « Prix de Court 2014 Canal +» at the Festival Prix de Court in the Antilles & French Guyana, the Grand Jury Prize « Agency 71 Blue Wave Award » & the TD Waterhouse Audience Choice Award at the Lakeshorts Film Festival of Toronto, the Best international short film at FEMUJER Festival Internacional de Mujeres en Corto, in Dominican Republic, the FEMI dans les murs at the FEMI in Guadeloupe, the Grand Jury Prize at the Bahamas International Film Festival, the “Second Jury Prize” at Ciné Global in Dominican Republic, and the Audience Award at the festival Courts des îles in Tahiti.
Maharaki released her first feature documentary film in December 2017. The film, untitled JOCELYNE – MI TCHE MWEN “Jocelyne Beroard, at heart”, is an intimate portrait of Jocelyne BEROARD, sole female member of the legendary French Caribbean band KASSAV’, produced by RIDDIM PRODUCTION and coproduced by Canal+ Antilles and Canal+ Guyane.
(2017) JOCELYNE – MI TCHE MWEN 90min
Riddim Production, Canal+ Antilles et Canal+ Guyane, France
(2013) VIVRE 13 min
HD, Arts & Vision Productions, Rock Rose, Nomades Productions, Martinique/Guadeloupe (awarded)
(2011) UN ACHAT COMPULSIF 5 min
HD, Nomades Productions, Martinique (awarded)
(2006) HOLDING ON 35 min
DV, Rain Warrior, Cosmic Flow Production, Barbade (awarded)
(2003) DIG IT 8 min
DV, EICAR Paris, France (awarded)
(2002) INNOCENTS 5 min
DV, EICAR Paris, France (awarded)
(1999) INDIES 5 min
DV, Production personnelle, Martinique