BlackStar Film Festival

Many Lumens: Mira Nair and Maori Karmael Holmes

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This special episode of BlackStar’s signature podcast, Many Lumens, celebrates the brilliance of 2022 Richard Nichols Luminary Award recipient Mira Nair. Holmes and Nair will discuss Nair’s prolific multi-decade-long career, the nuances of South Asian diasporic storytelling, and the task of crafting stories that center vibrance, joy, and intimacy even as they expose casteist, patriarchal, and anti-Black systems of power. Nair is known for her feature films including Mississippi Masala, The Perez Family, My Own Country, Kama Sutra: a Tale of Love, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, and Salaam Bombay!, as well as more recent cinematic adaptations including Queen of Katwe and A Suitable Boy. This conversation will also address the power of film collectives, Nair’s founding of the Maisha Film Lab in Uganda, and the work of visioning and materializing more pleasurable worlds through cinema.