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About

At Melki Films, we develop high-quality creative content for Canadian and worldwide audiences. Our films and museum exhibitions are character-driven stories that shed light on, and acknowledge, all aspects of the human experience.

MELKI FILMS IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

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Photo Credit: Louis-Philippe Cusson

The FENCE, Caiberian Cuba 2019, Actress Darianne Ramirez with Viveka Melki

12.The Fence - Darianne Ramirez Blanchette and Director Viveka Melki - Credit _ Louis-Phil

HISTORY

In 2006, Viveka Melki co-founded Tortuga Films, where she produced Campesinos (2006) and Hippocrate (2011) , and then went on to direct the two-part series War Correspondence (2014) for Radio-Canada and RDI. Her feature-length documentary After CIRCUS (2016) received acclaim after screenings at several North American film festivals, including Hot Docs International Film Festival, and is currently broadcast across Canada on CBC GEM and Al Jazeera English. Melki’s 2017 film for Radio-Canada, Carricks: Dans le Sillage des Irlandais, aided in the discovery of an 1847 Irish mass grave on the Gaspé coast. She is also the curator of the touring exhibition WAR Flowers, A Touring Art Exhibition (2017–2020) that travelled to The Vimy Visitor Education Centre in France and six Canadian venues. Melki researched, wrote, and directed her latest feature-length documentary, The FENCE (2020), which examines the 4-year internment of Canadian veterans following the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941. After nearly ten years of research, The FENCE aired in November 2020 on documentary Channel in Canada and is currently streaming online at CBC Gem. In 2020, Melki founded her own production company, MELKI FILMS INC.

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Our Team

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Viveka Melki is a storyteller working primarily in film. Her projects shed light on social issues that are often overlooked and focus on the resilience and hope of individuals and communities affected.

VIVEKA MELKI

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PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, CURATOR

Photo Credit: Laurie Bélanger

SHE/HER/ELLE

Viveka Melki is the founder and owner of Melki Films, a Montréal-based production house focusing on the visual arts. She identifies as a racialized settler to Turtle Island. She was born in The Gambia to a Lebanese and Indigenous Brazilian family before completing her education in the UK, and then immigrating to Canada, her adopted homeland. Melki brings her experience of having lived and worked in repressive regimes to her storytelling, often incorporating feminist themes and perspectives. Her productions take an investigative approach, through original research, tackling the current narratives of history, often questioning and revealing new information. As a Canadian filmmaker, Melki’s connection to film is two-fold: she acknowledges her responsibility to the First Peoples of Canada to uphold the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations, and to continuously create positive and healthy spaces through the arts.

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PIERRE P. CARDINAL, CPA
Finance
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DEBRA KOURI
www.poutinestudios.com
Producer, Branded & Butterfly Hunters
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JEREMY KATZ
Communications & Publicity
Consultant
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INGA SIBIGA
Production Director
ROUPEN MARKIAN
Production Manager & Technical Assistant
EMMA FRATTASIO
Researcher & Writer
ERIC BRUNT
Director & Editor,
EB Collection & Roadside Heroes
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are sponsors of Melki Films travel.

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Awards

THE FENCE (2021)

Nominated for the Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Long-Format Cinematography

2021 Canadian Society of Cinematographers - Directors of Photography

Christian Lamontagne

Claudine Sauvé

François Vincelette.

CARRICKS, IN THE WAKE OF THE IRISH (2017)

Nominated in competition, « Vue sur Mer », Gaspe Film Festival

After CIRCUS (2016)

Nominated in competition, Hot Docs 2016,

Sarasota Film Festival

Telefilm Canada’s Best, Sunny Side of the Doc,

La Rochelle France

THE TIME IT TAKES (2008)

Nominated in competition Regard sur le Court Métrage 2010, and the Puerto Rico Film Festival

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