Mathurine Emmanuel was born and raised in the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia .
Her parents produced twelve children; six boys and six girls after their marital union. Mathurine who is the sixth child began her acting career when she was only eight years old .She would write short scripts and perform in the yards of the sick and aged to entertain them . Her hilarious performances were always rewarded with coins which she would take home to her hardworking mother.
When she turned sixteen she started her teaching career in her home community and began exploring the validity of implementing drama as a tool to teach kids who were afraid of certain subject areas ,such as Mathematics.
After teaching at government schools for several years she decided to take her gift of acting and screenwriting to a new level.
She was requested to produce a short film in collaboration with the Substance Abuse Secretariat for the promotion of an HIV Prevention program. The St .Lucian audience was thrilled and proud to know that Mathurine Emmanuel had made history in St.Lucia by producing ,the first feature length film.
To date Mathurine Emmanuel has produced a total of four feature length films (''Ribbons of Blue'','' Troubled Waters''and ''Nana's Paradise''. The second film '' Ribbons of Blue'' ,was selected as Best Documentary Feature by the New York International Film and Video Festival in 2004 and as Best Picture by the M&C Awards Fine Arts Awards Festival in 2006.
Mathurine Emmanuel's films have received wide acclaim within the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In spite of the authenticity and great entertainment power she has not been able to penetrate the film industry simply due to the financial capacity which has been so needful for marketing her productions.5
Name: Mathurine Emmanuel
Lives in: Irvington, New Jersey
Company: Iyanola Pictures Inc.
Occupation: Assistant Director and Music Composer
Unique traits: Laughter flows naturally whenever she speaks. She entertains wherever she goes even when she does not intend to. Four feature length films were produced without a written script, including her award winning film '' Ribbons of Blue''