From Mira Nair's MasterClass

Go Tell Your Story

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

Topics include: Go Tell Your Story


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

Topics include: Go Tell Your Story

Mira Nair

Teaches Independent Filmmaking

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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.

I have cried in front of the computer at the first 2 minutes of your class. Your warmth and character reached my soul and helped raise my purpose!

I felt this class is a beautiful independent film.

Mira Nair was engaging, interesting, honest, and authentic. I really appreciated her demeanor, her approach, attitude and willingness to share. You can tell she's happy to impart knowledge and share her inspiration. A very good class.

Mira provided so much insight for a newbie on the technical aspects of directing, yet she fully immersed me in the importance of directing from the heart and telling a story only you can tell. Perfect... Thank you!


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


I did a Mira Nair filmmaking marathon. I learnt a few things. Probably know what I retained after a goodnight sleep. I have seen a few of Mira’s movies but not Salaam Bombay. I heard and read plenty about it. It was popular around the same time as Satanic Verses the controversial book, but wasn’t available in Florida. I should probably watch it on YouTube this week. Also, I attended the Karma Sutra auditions in Chelsea New York too many years ago. Because a roommate knew her family back in India. I didn’t meet Mira though. Also, I wasn’t a full-blooded Indian. So I was useless to the casting directors. One casting director asked me if I bleached my skin... And I was like ummhhh I think have a white grandpa and a white grandma but not married to each other. They put me to sit and watch. I was so offensive looking or something. It was an experience. I appreciate Mira Nair’s liberalism. It is obvious that Mira is caring and meticulous director regardless of the contents in the script. However, that one rupee a day without wet pay seemed cruel; natural or generated rain. I’m scared of her... However, Mira could probably teach a lot more about feature budget allocations. Not my interest, I’m just saying... I loved everything like lesson-wise about acting and actors most. Editing and sound/music was cool. Okay, Mira Nair... If you ever would like to hire me as a film actress for any of your nonIndian films, please... send me a contract for acting that would pay me properly. I’m just starting my acting career like since September 2014 to present. You were like totally genuine. I wasn’t expecting ‘Mira Nair’ to be humble. Okay, this was a great masterclass series. Peace.

Maxximillian D.

Mira gifted me with an additional set of tools for my filmmakers toolbox. I especially appreciate her practical advice with regard to assembling a team, and her notes on mindset are priceless throughout. Her unapologetic attitude is enlivening and inspiring!

Carol B.

Mira explained aspects of film making with such raw details. It gives a beginner the understanding that it really is possible to make a film. It is the passion and the story within that is the starting point. To that added is the determination to find a way. A wonderful class. Thoroughly enjoyed it.