Born and raised in Martinique, Maharaki presently lives in Barbados. 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.
Her short film DIG IT has received the EICAR 2004 Grand Jury Prize. She has since won numerous awards for her commercial spots, music videos, scripts and short films. Maharaki has just completed her much anticipated film, VIVRE, supported by several institutions such Le Centre National du Cinema & de l’image animée (CNC). The film project was presented at the 2012 Cannes film festival.
VIVRE was officially released in September 2013 in London.
To date, VIVRE has won 11 awards: The Youth Jury Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the Prix Jury Jeune du meilleur court-métrage de fiction at Le Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix in France, the Prix Regards Francophones at Le Festival du film Court de Troyes in France, the “Prix de Court 2014 Canal +” at the Festival Prix de Court in the Antilles & French Guyana, the “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 is currently preparing her first feature film.