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Mira Nair

Aug 29, 2004

The immigrant’s sense of dislocation resonates in the films of Mira Nair, who often focuses on different permutations of the outsider—Bombay street urchins in Salaam Bombay!, Cuban immigrants in The Perez Family, a sixteenth-century Indian servant girl in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love—and their disconnection from the social order around them. Nair’s films often focus on complex female characters, and examine the complications that arise from the intermingling of ethnicities, traditions, and classes. In this talk, Nair discusses the examination of sociopolitical exclusion in her past work and in her adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

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