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Roger McTair

Roger McTair

Roger McTair is a Trinidadian-Canadian writer and filmmaker (b. Trinidad and Tobago in 1944), whose body of work has been fundamental to the development of Black Canadian arts and culture. McTair studied English Literature and Film at York University in Toronto and worked as an English professor at Seneca College for 18 years. He has published several collections of poetry and short fiction that explore themes of identity, culture, history and belonging in the Caribbean and Canadian contexts. McTair is credited as director of Some Black Women (1975), now considered the first film ever made by a Black Canadian about the perspectives of the Black community in Canada. It was produced by another Black-Canadian pioneer filmmaker, Claire Prieto (also born in Trinidad and Tobago), with whom McTair collaborated on two more films: Different Timbres (1980) and Home to Buxton (1987, co-directed by Prieto). McTair also directed Children Are Not the Problem: An Anti-Racist Childcare Strategies Film (1991) and Jennifer Hodge: The Glory and the Pain (1992), as well as two NFB films, Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community (1983) and Journey to Justice (2000), which focus on the experiences and struggles of Black Canadians and other marginalized groups in Canada.

Photo provided by Ian Kamau.