Mira Nair was born in Rourkela, India. She studied at Delhi University and Harvard University. Her films include Salaam Bombay! (1988), which was nominated for an Oscar, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Monsoon Wedding (2001), The Namesake (2006), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), all of which screened at the Festival. Queen of Katwe (2016) is her latest film.
Born in India and educated at both Delhi University and Harvard, prolific filmmaker and activist Mira Nair divides her energies between filmmaking and her two successful non-profit organizations, Maisha and the Salaam Baalak Trust. In 1988, using the profits of her successful debut feature Salaam Bombay!, Nair established the Salaam Baalak Trust. Twenty years after its inception, the Salaam Baalak Trust has helped to provide a safe and nurturing environment for 5000 street children annually, and has directly impacted government policy on street children in India.
In 2005, Nair went on to found Maisha, a filmmakers' training program based in East Africa. In its five years of operation, Maisha has trained hundreds of students from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania in screenwriting, directing, producing, acting, sound design, editing, and cinematography.
Nair lives in New York City and Kampala, Uganda with her husband and son, and is currently working on her forthcoming feature, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's bestselling novel, and the Broadway musical adaptation of Monsoon Wedding.