She was born in Guadeloupe, grew up in Paris and lives between New York and Pointe-à-Pitre. She has a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne University & Smith College. She began her career at BBDO Advertising where she produced commercials for Pepsi, Visa and Gillette.
Her first directorial piece, Knowledge is Power, was commissioned by the New York City Health Department in 1998 to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2002, Sweet Mickey for President? won best documentary at the Reel Sisters Film Festival in NY. 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 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. Between 2 Shores, a story about two immigrants from the Dominican Republic, aired on PBS/AfroPop series.
Her documentary Towards Mecca on Muslims in the West Indies aired on France Televisions and won the special jury award at FEMI festival.
Her two new documentaries Les Passagers du Pont and The Last Blancs Matignon are currently airing on Canal+ and France Televisions. Mariette is in post-production of a new documentary about award winning jazz musician Mario Canonge (France Télévisions) and is developing 6 Moons a creative film on West Indians women sexuality. She just finished shooting her new television series Manmzel NYC.
1996 Malavoi, Cocktail Caraïbe; short
1997 Knowledge is Power; short
1999 Malavoi Marronnage; short
1999 Sweet Micky for President?; short
2011 Did You F… ?; short
2001 Racines Caraïbes; short
2002 Rendez-vous; short
2002 Leny Escudero, faim de mots; short
2003 Hot Dog & Stairs; short
2005 (Paris la métisse) Chez moi; short
2006 Le Vent, le Sable et le Bambou; short
2006 Gerty Archimède, la candidate du peuple; short
2008 Blame It on the Tango; short
2011 Elza/Le Bonheur d’Elza ; feature film
2018 Between 2 Shores; documental
2018 Towards Mecca; documental
2019 The Last Blancs Matignon; documental
2019 Les Passagers du Pont; documental