Mahalia Melts In The Rain

Directed By Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour.     

This widely awarded short, tells the story of Mahalia, and her difficulties in being different. In her ballet class, the other girls, make comments about her hair being different. In an effort to boost her confidence, her Mother takes her to a salon to get hair her relaxed. Happy with the results, she starts to take comfort in her similarity to other white girls, but the weather has other plans for her.

Production Details & Descriptions

Mahalia, a timid 9-year-old black girl, feels different from the other girls in her ballet class. Hoping to boost her confidence, her mother brings her to the hair salon to get her hair straightened for the very first time.

Directed by Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour

Selected at 50+ festivals including
BFI London, VIFF, Flicker’s Rhode Island, Indie Lisboa, DC Shorts, Regard+
Nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards
Winner at CBC Short Film Face-Off

Mahalia : Kaiyonni Banton-Renner
Anika: Sagine Sémajuste

Production : Sarah Mannering (Colonelle films)
Directors : Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour
Screenplay : Carmine Pierre-Dufour
Cinematography : Olivier Gossot
Production Design : Charlotte Gandin
Editing : Myriam Magassouba
Sound : Guillaume Daoust, Sylvain Bellemare
Music :Strange Froots

EMILIE MANNERING’s first short film STAR (2015) won several national and international awards. In 2016, she directed the feminist web-serie Les Brutes. In 2017, she was selected by the TIFF Talent Lab and co-directed her second short film Mahalia Melts In the Rain. She is currently working on writing her first feature film, Tous mes premiers amours.

After completing a master’s degree in Television, Radio, and Film at Syracuse University, CARMINE PIERRE-DUFOUR secured an internship at Focus Features in Los Angeles. Perfectly bilingual, she adapted episodes of Web Therapy for TV5 Québec. She also wrote and co-directed the short film Mahalia Melts in the Rain.

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