Director: Patricia Mohammed & Michael Mooleedhar
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Year of Production: 2010
Total Running Time: 35 mins
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: G



Rex Dixon is an abstract painter and Mungal Patasar is a musician. Both men are highly regarded in their fields and have received many accolades for their work. In this intriguing film, Dixon and Patesar come together in conversation and find striking similarities in their respective creative processes. The Trinidadian landscape provides a canvas and sounding board for their explorations of colour and tonality, and explodes on the screen as a marriage between intuitive and experimental ways of working.

Featuring original paintings by Dixon and music by Patasar created for and on camera, Seventeen Colours and a Sitar invites the viewer to trust their own eyes and ears, as these artists do, in exploring the worlds of art and music.


Patricia Mohammed is a professor of gender and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Among her publications is Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation (2010). She has made a number of Short films, including Sign of the Loa (2007) and Coolie Pink and Green (2009), which won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film at the TTFF (2009).

Michael Mooleedar is a graduate of the BA in Film Programme of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. His Short film, The Queens of Curepe, was screened at the TTFF (2008), and he edited Patricia Mohammed’s Coolie Pink and Green (2009). He is currently at work on a Short drama, The Cool Boys.