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Between Worlds - A Conversation with Mira Nair: The 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | May 7 | 3-5 p.m. | International House, The Chevron Auditorium


Mira Nair, Film Director

Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies


ISAS is proud to announce the 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture - a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. This lecture series has been established in memory of Sarah Kailath (February 5 1941 - October 15, 2008), a long-time supporter of CSAS’s mission and activities and in whose name the center holds an endowed chair titled the "Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies."

Our fifth Sarah Kailath Memorial lecture will be delivered by acclaimed film director Mira Nair.

Mira Nair is a prolific filmmaker who fluidly moves between Hollywood and independent cinema. After several years of making documentary films, she made Salaam Bombay! (1988), the first Indian film to win the coveted Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and more than 25 international awards including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. Nair then directed Mississippi Masala (1991), The Perez Family (1995), and My Own Country (1998). Her Monsoon Wedding (2001) won the Golden Lion, Venice’s top prize in cinema. Her most recent films include Amelia (2009), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), Words With Gods (2014), and Queen of Katwe (2016).

Raised in India, schooled at Harvard, and living in New York City, Mira Nair uses her natural grasp of identity conflict to make films that explore race, gender, inter-generational strife, cultural appropriation and displacement. A poignant speaker, she captures beautifully the tug of competing worlds felt by millions of immigrants around the world.

The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on "Women and Leadership," derives from the Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies. The chair was established by Thomas Kailath, and Vinita and Narendra Gupta in honor of Dr. Kailath's wife, Sarah Kailath, to enhance awareness and knowledge of issues relating to the Indian subcontinent. The current Sarah Kailath Chair is Lawrence Cohen, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies and Professor, Anthropology and South Asian Studies. Professors Raka Ray, Robert P. Goldman and Thomas Metcalf previously held the Chair.

Preceding Mira Nair's lecture on Sunday, May 7, we will be screening the following selected films from her vast collection:

Admission with Cal ID only for the following film screenings. Lecture on May 7 is free and open to the public.

FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 5 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist | New Directions in Indian Cinema
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a 2012 political thriller drama film based on the 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, directed by Mira Nair, starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson in lead.

FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 12 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall:
The Namesake | New Directions in Indian Cinema
The Namesake is a 2006 Indian-American drama film which was released in the United States on 9 March 2007, following screenings at film festivals in Toronto and New York City.

FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 19 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall:
Mississippi Masala | New Directions in Indian Cinema
Mississippi Masala a 1991 romantic drama film directed by Mira Nair, based upon a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, starring Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth.

FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 26 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall:
Queen of Katwe | New Directions in Indian Cinema
Queen of Katwe (2016) is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

FILM SCREENING | Wed, May 3 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall:
Monsoon Wedding | New Directions in Indian Cinema
Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 film that explores the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic, and comedic ways.

PLAY | Friday, May 5 to June 25 at the Berkeley Rep:
Monsoon Wedding: The Musical
Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep’s stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical.

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