Yao Ramesar

Film BA Coordinator/ Film Production Coordinator/ Film Lecturer


One of the most accomplished and prolific directors of his generation, Ghana- born, Caribbean filmmaker Yao Ramesar was honoured as the Caribbean’s first Laureate in Arts and Letters, at the inaugural Caribbean Awards for Excellence in 2006. His award-winning  SISTAGOD, the first of a trilogy, became the first Trinidad and Tobago feature film  to gain official selection at a major international festival when it world-premiered in 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival, the major North American and hemispheric festival. Ramesar has created over 120 films on the people, history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago; screening in more than 140 countries throughout Africa; Asia; North, South and Central America; Eastern and Western Europe and  the Caribbean. The British Museum and Smithsonian Institution among others have also hosted exhibitions of his works.

2009 saw the publication of a book on Ramesar’s earlier works entitled Phenomenology’s Material   Presence by Gabrielle Hezekiah (Intellect Books/UK & Chicago University Press/US). Ramesar remains a cornerstone of the emerging local and regional film culture, having taken Caribbean cinema to the world under the rubric of an original aesthetic deemed “Caribbeing”, notable for its almost exclusive reliance on sunlight to illuminate the people and landscapes of his films. Ramesar established the teaching of filmmaking at the tertiary level in Trinidad and Tobago at the Centre for Creative & Festival Arts, UWI, St. Augustine where he fostered a generation of emerging film artists who produced 140 diverse films, screening locally, regionally and internationally.

Ramesar has collaborated with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, directing “The Saddhu of Couva” and “The Coral”, as well as Nelson Mandela and Kwame Toure (Stokley Carmichael) on whom he produced documentaries during their visits to Trinidad.

Ramesar holds a B.A. (Summa cum Laude) in Film Production and M.F.A. in Film Directing from Howard University (Washington D.C.), where he studied under acclaimed Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima. On completion, he immediately returned to Trinidad and Tobago to begin his mission of teaching and developing indigenous cinema in his homeland.

Yao Ramesar


Dr. Christopher Meir

Lecturer in Film Studies 

BA (SUNY at Buffalo) MA (Concordia University)

PhD (University of Warwick)


Christopher Meir has taught in the UWI Film Programme since 2008. He is the author of Scottish Cinema: Texts and Contexts (Manchester University Press) and co-editor of Beyond the Bottom Line: The Producer in Film and Television Studies (Bloomsbury). His work has appeared in publications such as The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, The Journal of British Cinema and Television and books including Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh and The Education of the Film-Maker in Africa, the Middle East and the Americas

He is currently working on two interrelated projects that continue his interests in film and television industries, critical transnationalism and screen historiography. One of these is a study of the French "major" StudioCanal, currently the most powerful and prolific producer and distributor of film and television based in Europe. The second project examines the industrial and historical links between the media industries of the nations of the Commonwealth.

Dr. Meir teaches courses on film analysis, theory and history as well as a course on film marketing and distribution. He has taught classes in the past on subjects such as Sound and Visual Dynamics, Indian Cinema and Documentary Film History. He also coordinates the film series Campus Film Classics, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival events on campus and has previously organized Indian film series on campus and a series of UWI film screenings at the Cinemateca Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela.

Christopher Meir