Mariette Monpierre was born in Guadeloupe, grew up in Paris and lives in New York. She has a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne University & Smith College. Her portfolio includes commercials, music videos, documentaries & fiction narrative. Her first independent piece, “Knowledge is Power,” was commissioned by the New York City Health Department in 1998 to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2002, her documentary “Sweet Mickey for President?” won Best Documentary at the Reel Sisters Film Festival in New York. Monpierre’s first theatrical work, a short film “Rendez-Vous,” was nominated for the Djibril Diop Mambety Award in partnership with the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. Her first feature-length Elza (Le Bonheur d’Elza) was the NY Times Critics’ Pick when released at the theater and won several awards including the 2012 BAFTA Choice Award, The Jury Award for Best Director First Feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles; and the Paul Robeson Award at FESPACO’13. Mariette completed her first TV series pilot “CARIBBEAN GIRL NYC” for Flow Network and France Televisions. “BETWEEN 2 SHORES” a documentary film about two immigrants from the Dominican Republic aired on PBS/AfroPop series. Her latest documentary “TOWARDS MECCA” on Muslims in the West Indies is currently running on France Televisions and doing a successful festival run.