Short Films by Mira Nair

Short Films by Mira Nair

14 Episodes

Hailed for her vibrant explorations of culture clash and connection in films like MONSOON WEDDING and MISSISSIPPI MASALA, Indian American auteur Mira Nair has pursued an equally distinguished career as a director of short films that further explore the ways in which deep-rooted cultural traditions and prejudices shape everyday life. Bringing together early documentary works—including the revealing study of Indian moral hypocrisy INDIA CABARET, about the experiences of women working in a Mumbai strip club—alongside narrative shorts like the searing portrait of post-9/11 anti-Muslim racism 11’09”01—SEPTEMBER 11, this collection reflects Nair’s deep and abiding concern for society’s most marginalized members.

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Short Films by Mira Nair
  • Mira Nair on SO FAR FROM INDIA

    Episode 1

  • So Far from India

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mira Nair • 1983 • United States

    Ashok Sheth is one of many Indian immigrants working in subway newsstands in New York City. This documentary follows his first journey back home to Ahmedabad, where he is forced to confront the conflicts between his ancestral culture and his new life ...

  • Mira Nair on INDIA CABARET

    Episode 3

  • India Cabaret

    Episode 4

    Directed by Mira Nair • 1985 • India

    This documentary examines the line separating “good” and “bad” women in Indian society, specifically by focusing on the dancers at a Bombay strip club, a frequent patron, and his stay-at-home wife.


    Episode 5

  • The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mira Nair • 1993 • South Africa

    Chris Hani, South Africa’s Communist Party Leader, was assassinated in April of 1993, causing a wave of fear to sweep through the country's white community. This is the tale of one family as they leave South Africa on the day of Hani’s funeral.


    Episode 7

  • The Laughing Club of India

    Episode 8

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2001 • India

    This documentary by Mira Nair explores the power of laughter through the strangely popular phenomenon of laughing clubs in contemporary Bombay.

  • Mira Nair on 11'09"01—SEPTEMBER 11

    Episode 9

  • 11'09"01—September 11

    Episode 10

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2002 • United States

    Based on events surrounding the September 11, 2001, disappearance of Salman Hamdani, a young Pakistani American man from Queens, this film portrays his mother’s struggle with terrorist allegations, her own fears, and her son’s fate that day.

  • Mira Nair on HOW CAN IT BE?

    Episode 11

  • How Can It Be?

    Episode 12

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2008 • France
    Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Birsa Chatterjee

    One of eight shorts commissioned by the United Nations on themes concerning global society, this film explores gender equality. It’s the story of Zainab and Arif, who live with their son, Munna, in...

  • Mira Nair on MIGRATION

    Episode 13

  • Migration

    Episode 14

    Directed by Mira Nair • 2007 • United States

    Part of a four-film series on the AIDS epidemic in India, this film examines the virus as Indian society's great class leveler, following its transmission through interweaving stories that link urban and rural India.