New Film: Maharaki’s “Jocelyne—Mi tchè mwen”


Montray Kreyol announces a new film by Maharaki—young and brilliant Martinican filmmaker who has won numerous awards at festivals around the world. “[Maharaki] brings us an extraordinary portrait of Martinique’s national singer Jocelyne Béroard. She explains her motivations and how she designed her film (a 90-minute feature film), entitled JocelyneMi tchè mwen, in close empathy with the muse from the group Kassav’.” The film will be shown on Canal + Antilles in Martinique on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

A description by the director (see full text at Montray Kreyol) indicates that the film is an intimate documentary showing a succession of love stories. Maharaki writes:

It begins with the love she brings to her family. That love that built her, that forged her, and that armed her for life. It then revolves around her love for our Creole culture and especially for Creole, our language, which she has always defended, developed, and has carried on her travels around the world, channeled in her lyrics and which sublimates her in return. Through the lyrics and the songs that she interprets, Jocelyne transmits light to us, as in “An limiè,” joy with “Kay manman,” hope with “Ké sa léve,” and unconditional love,” Vini Séré.” My film is a love story with a capital L [une histoire d’amour avec un grand A], a story in which Jocelyne opens her heart to us, a story entitled “Jocelyne – Mi chè mwen.” As a Caribbean woman and artist, Jocelyne BEROARD is for me a model and a source of inspiration. I admire her talent as author and performer, and I have an immense respect for the trajectory of this Martinican woman who, along with KASSAV ‘, brought recognition and respect to Caribbean music far beyond our coasts.

Maharaki was born and raised in Martinique, and 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 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.

[Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero.] For full article, see

For more on Maharaki, see

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