is a director that describes her mission “to be a disruptor by telling world-building and fantastical narratives that turn archetypes of the Black diaspora on its head”. She is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Made in Her Image
, which provides opportunities to women and nonbinary youth of color to create their own films, scripts, content and more.
An Arizona-born Afropunk with a deep love of technology and Afro-futurism, Malakai's short films have premiered at Sundance, the Pan African Film Festival, the Black American Film Festival, the Phoenix Art Museum, Reel Sisters and Cannes. In 2019, as part of the AT&T Hello Lab directing fellowship, she directed Postmarked
. Her short film Souls
was released that same year; she most recently directed all the episodes of the podcast Ghost Tape