' You can cut the flowers, but you can't stop Spring from coming.' - Pablo Neruda
Zarina Maharaj is the writer/producer/director of the TV docudrama 'Flat 13' written for eNCA, a South African TV channel with a global reach. With multiple cinema and TV screenings in South Africa, the film was screened at several international film festivals (see Film); and is distributed internationally by 'Off the Fence' an Amsterdam- based film distribution company . .
A graduate of the online Screenwriting course at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), and nominated there for the Nate Wilson Student Award for Screenwritnig, Zarina is also a graduate of a bootcamp at the UKs National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Having earlier authored the award-winning book 'Dancing to a Different Rhythm', reviewed, by, among others, the South African Nobel Laureate of Literature, Nadine Gordimer - see Memoir - Zarina has also written nationally syndicated newspaper opinion columns on gender issues and their impact on South Africa's social and economic development for the UK's Independent Newspaper Group's subsidiary in South Africa - see Publications - while at this time also a member of the international editing collective of the global journal 'Feminist Review'.
A dual South African/British citizen of mixed race, she had, prior to becoming passionate about creative writing and gender issues, worked in Europe and Africa as an applied mathematician in industry, academia, as well as for the UN, the British government and clandestinely for the exiiled ANC during its struggle from apartheid, having initially been educated in mathematics in the UK. When her then-husband was granted indemnity from prosecution in 1990 by the apartheid government was Zarina able to return with their 2 children to South Africa.
In post-apartheid SA she was a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, while a newspaper columnist and consultant to business on women's economic empowerment.
For the late President Mandela's views on the role of wives and mothers in the struggle for freedom, including Zarina's role, see Struggle Days .
And for President Mandela's approach to the abuse of political power relating to the false allegations of corruption to which Zarina's then-husband Mac and her were subjected by his political enemies - allegations which remain unproven as at 2020, 18 years since they were first made through false leaks to some sensationalist media, and for which the Maharaj's were never charged in a court of law - see Shades of Difference and Abuse of Power
For more on this see also both the Mail and Guardian article by Sam Sole 'Mac supersizes conflict in the ANC' in which Sole describes Zarina as fiercely 'pulling no punches' in responding to their enemies intent on bringing their family down, as well as Zarina's own twice sold-out memoir ‘Dancing to a Different Rhythm’.
One wonders if the false allegations of corruption by the corrupt themselves against Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises, will also continue unchecked in a court of law for 18 years and more! Still, Zarina now wears it as a badge of honour that her criticism of the hacks in the ANC was regarded as 'bold and controversial' long before their true colours were exposed.