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.

This was my favorite of all the classes I have taken here. It really helped me understand how to communicate with actors better and how to get less contained performances out of my actors, which is something I have struggled with.

Thank you so much. I loved this class and I loved the depth of this instructor and how Mira inspires to go and tell our own story. Very inspiring and motivating Merci Beaucoup. Lots of Love here for you. Fabienne

So interesting to listen to such a strong woman, with a great passion for stories. I have learnt so much from this masterclass and I really enjoyed the practical shooting of the scene section. Would love to see more of this in future masterclasses.

For me the best learnings: there is always a way to create your film, even without budget


A fellow student

Such an honest and practical class for budding filmmakers. I thoroughly enjoyed every lesson. So many takeaways. Thank you Mira!

Petra P.

Marvelous, thank you for sharing your knowledge. This was truly enjoyable to watch and to listen.

Master B.

Mira Nair-THANK U...Observing U N Action as an InDependent Filmmaker Was Truly NSpiring 2 My Own "Present Agenda" Namaste Sistar!!!

Melissa S.

Fantastic Master Class! My first one; my brother kindly gifted me an all-access one-year pass. This was a wonderful start...thanks so much MC, and Mira...have always loved your work. Love what you say about documentary influencing you (I've worked in documentary, am a journalist), and how truth is generally more interesting than fiction. Agreed. Really inspirational...

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.