colouring the future through stories

Maya Creatives is a production company who specializes in stories from an untold perspective. We (co-)produce films, series and podcasts that reflect the multicultural society as a whole and stimulate you to look beyond the stereotype surface. We aim to normalize the other via new inspirational stories.

what we do

creation

We create and shape our stories based on own experiences and stories from various communities. Within an universal theme, we broaden the perspective by showing authentic stories from underrepresented communities.

what we do

concept

Our stories and formats give an insight in new worlds and other contexts such that you as a viewer/listener can relate and even more can enhance your understanding of other communities.

what we do

consultancy

We are the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor for Stories. We advise companies, broadcasters, producers and other organizations that want to tell authentic stories.

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Meskina

Heartbroken, jobless and in her 30s, Leyla sets out to reinvent herself and search for happiness amid her family’s attempts to recouple her. Now available on Netflix

2021

Rotown

Rotown tells the story about three immigrant kids in Rotterdam and is the remake of East of LA Brea. 

2023, Powderkeg

De Nieuwe Generaties van Suriname

In this colorful documentary series we depict how a new generation of Dutch people with Surinamese roots compare to 50 years of independent Suriname. How free do they feel? In a combination of interviews and scenes, we follow young people in their own unique way in each episode ensuring that the Surinamese identity and pride is passed on.

Hotel Paramaribo

The Surinamese-Dutch self-made Cynthia enjoys her comfortable single highlife until she gets an unwanted inheritance, an Hotel in Paramaribo.

Selfmade

Selfmade the show is a series of intimate online interviews with self-made women of color about their unconventional entrepreneurial journey. Host Hanan Challouki interviews women who are the next generation of changemakers, making strides to redefine how things should be done. This series focuses on women of color from various industries and gets to the heart of how they ‘made it’ and how they are shaping the future. This series is for all women who want to be lifted up and inspired.

Na Naomi

When the slightly autistic NAOMI (20) investigates her own migration background for her studies, she focuses her camera on her disruptive family and her assignment turns into a hilarious search for her own black identity, resulting in many uncomfortable situations.

Guesthouse Paramaribo

7 Dutch people exchange their familiar lives in the Netherlands for an adventure in Paramaribo. They will live there temporarily and work together to revive ‘Hotel John’. Together they convert a wooden colonial building into a beautiful guesthouse and look for a Surinamese buyer. Will they succeed in finding the connection with each other and Suriname?

The prize: becoming co-owner of the renovated guesthouse.

Funda

Funda is about thirteen-year-old Funda, who has to mislead her six older brothers to win the heart of the boy who lives opposite. Luckily, this little girl turns out to be a great general, with enough tactical cunning to evade the ‘love’ of her big brothers.

2021, VPRO

Phony

Ali and Zehra share everything. But when Ali attracts the attention of both Quinty and Ben – while Zehra’s situation at home gets more and more difficult – they start to keep things from one another. Is it possible to be friends if you don’t dare be yourself?

2021, AVROTROS

Sterke verhalen van super meiden

Big chance you know Lieke Martens, Annie M.G. Schmidt, or Tabitha. Now they are heroes, but as teenagers they were also very insecure. Until they discovered themselves and chased their dream. How? You can hear that in this podcast full of adventure, tough decisions and funny situations. But be warned, you may discover your own superpower through this! And oh yes, all the main characters are women (really nice for boys too!).

2021, ZAPP

Alles voor elkaar

As they approach thirty, four BFFs see a film of themselves during their schooldays and face up to the realisation that their teenage dreams far from came true. They decide to pursue these dreams again, together, helping each other along the way – but things don’t turn out as well as they hoped.

2017, Based on idea from Shenin Lebrun