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UWI Film Programme Premieres “Caribbean Cinema Review”

For Release Upon Receipt - December 22, 2017

St. Augustine

The UWI St. Augustine’s Film Degree Programme, Faculty of Humanities and Education, will launch the first edition of the “Caribbean Cinema Review” publication – a multilingual journal on Caribbean film, featuring articles, interviews, reviews, photo essays, podcasts, trailers, etc. on indigenous and diaspora Caribbean cinema cultures.

Coordinator of The UWI St. Augustine Film Programme and “Caribbean Cinema Review’s” Founding Editor, Yao Ramesar, describes it as “a welcome addition to the Caribbean’s rapidly expanding cinema landscape. Critical analyses, reviews, interviews and scholarship are necessary companions to the plethora of film narratives that we are producing.”

The first edition’s countries in focus are Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago, and the Review includes content such as a photo essay from Ayiti Mon Amour (2016) by Guetty Felin, Haiti’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, as well as an interview with Roger Alexis, the man behind cult sensation, Santana.

A sneak preview of “Caribbean Cinema Review” will be launched this December, with the first edition being released in 2018. The Review will be biennial in odd years and alternate with the UWI Film Programme's World Festival of Emerging Cinema (WOFEC), which is held in even years.

The inaugural edition of “Caribbean Cinema Review” will be titled Volume 1 2017/18 to coincide with the inaugural WOFEC, which was held in 2016. The second WOFEC is slated for 2018 and the second edition of “Caribbean Cinema Review” for 2019/20.

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Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


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