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This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Mira Nair

Interviewed by: Kasi Lemmons

Mira Nair discusses her 35-plus-year directorial career, highlighting her documentaries (Jama Masjid Street Journal, India Cabaret), independent features (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding), and studio features (Vanity Fair, Amelia, Queen of Katwe).

Transitioning to Narrative Features

Director Mira Nair considers how her roots in cinema verité affected her approach to Salaam Bombay!, her first fictional feature film.

On Telling Unique Stories

Nair's film, Queen of Katwe, holds particular significance for her as it shines a light on a unique story in an underrepresented community in Kampala, Uganda, of which she has lived for 27 years.

On Her Shooting Strategy

Nair talks about the shooting strategy for Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake and why the "energy" of a film must dictate the cinematography.