Film & TV

Go Tell Your Story

Mira Nair

Lesson time 2:19 min

Mira shares her closing thoughts and encourages you to slowly but surely realize your stories and tell them from a personal perspective.

Mira Nair
Teaches Independent Filmmaking
The Oscar-nominated director teaches her methods for directing powerful performances, maximizing budgets, and bringing authentic stories to life.
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The key to making films is to have something to see. Something that is distinctive, preferably never seen before. And something that only you can bring. So first, engage with the world. Be unafraid of getting educated. Have something to say. Feel about something that should possess you enough for this hard-knocking journey that is about to await you of making cinema. And then, apply yourself in a very focused way to identifying your idea. Identifying-- importantly-- your creative partnerships. Cherish them, respect them. Get the idea to become slowly, but surely, a reality. And then wherever the knowledge comes from, go and take it. And go and find that team of people that you might need to make that idea come alive. What I wish for you is to question what is handed to you as truth. To grapple with the fundamental questions-- in cinema and in life-- of where we belong. What we stand for. And where we matter. So go out, tell your story. Tell it as best as you can without apology. Be rigorous with yourself. And remember that if you don't tell your own story, no one else will. And if they will, it will never be as good as you telling your own story.

Harness the power of your roots

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair approaches directing with the “heart of a poet and the skin of an elephant,” spurred by rejection and fighting to bring uncompromising stories to film. In the Golden Lion-winning director’s MasterClass, learn to make a big impact on a small budget in film production, evoke the best from actors and nonactors, and protect your creative vision so you tell the story that can only come from you.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Very inspiring, she gave us great analysis of individual elements, I loved it.

I'm picking up a lot of insight from each of these great directors. Mira's approach was thoughtful and interesting.

I liked seeing her work with the actors in rehearsal most.

I learned that there are stories that only one person can tell. I learned that you can create the movie that you want, without shame, with a modest budget. I also learned how to work with actors and cinematographers.


Inga L.

Thank you so much Mira Nair for a truly inspiring masterclass and for sharing your film making experience in such an honest, detailed and personal but practical way. This is the best MasterClass I have seen on film directing and film making and I feel energized and full of new ideas as I go on to direct my next film.

Jobin P.

Thank you so much Mira for this incredible Masterclass! This is the type of mentorship that is so difficult to find as a South Asian creative. Thank you for sharing the lessons that you have picked up along the way as a filmmaker. I am somewhat new to filmmaking and this has been a thorough and thoughtful reintroduction for me! You made sure to teach your students not just as film makers, but as human beings as well. I need to watch a couple of your movies again to see how the product is related to the process that you shared throughout these lessons. I wish this Masterclass wasn't over, it really has been reenergizing and reassuring!

A fellow student

Thank you so much!!! Your knowledge is vast. This course was so inspirational!!! I’m so excited!

Hashim H.

I’ve learned a lot from your inspirational class. The most is how to make a good relationship with actors. Also it is really good to know your perspective especially when you are a documentary filmmaker.

Franco E.

Thank you Mira. I looked forward to this class, and it certainly didn't disappoint, touching on so many areas of the process. There's so much valuable information here. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

G M.

This lesson was appropriate. It was short, on point, and got right to the point. Mira is extremely cultivated and all-embracing, however, she can be overbearingly thorough at times. Several times throughout the course I wanted to yell, “YES, YES, WE GET IT! MOVE ON!!! Clearly, she understands what she wants to say and is a genius at communicating that on-screen, but when she speaks its like she gets lost in thought. As a student, that is disorienting. I’m a beginner just learning. She has forgotten more than I will ever learn, so I’m trying to grasp what little I can without drowning. Circling the same point for 25% to 35% of the lesson is way too much! However, in hindsight I guess its better to have too much information than not enough.

Tony C.

Loved this class as much as the Ken Burns class. She is extremely "earthy" and real. Passion and intelligence in a woman who is comfortable with herself is extremely appealing. Loved the fact that she shared her thinking and so often I was impressed by her thought process. An insight into the mind of a genius.

Shana I.

Loved it! Mira Nair is a true artist! Wonderful experience to listen to her teach Independent Filmmaking. Thank you Mira!

Cynthia D.

Such a great masterclass - Mira Nair is amazing, helpful insightful out of the box thinker who is encouraging and filled with love. thank you Mira Nair. I wnt to rate the class with stars and give it a five and it went to one. So I shall email customer service to let them know this is a five start class from a five star director.

Omar D.

Amazing! The BEST and most helpful film masterclass on here. Mira provides an intimate, honest and in depth view into her world of directing. Thank you so much x