Chapter 17 of 17 from Mira Nair

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

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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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 on 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, evoke the best from actors and non-actors, and protect your creative vision so you tell the story that can only come from you.

In her first-ever online class, Mira Nair teaches you to find the strength in your unique story and draw the best from your budget and creative vision.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Mira will also critique select student work.


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

Mira Nair crosses every t and dots every i in this course. She emphasizes relationships with the actors, planning, and has an example for everything!

I am just starting my journey into writing and making films. This was my first class and introduction. I appreciated Mira Nair's insight, genius, direction and candor.

this has really helped my creative process, thanks a lot Mira.

Phenomenal narrative...Nair shares how she creates and balances her ecosystem with her team. Her presentation informs any leader about building a program.


Ify M.

Thank you Mira...this has been an amazing Masterclass. I can now head back to lesson one and tackle the assignments with all the insights I have gotten. Thank you.

This was a wonderful and true Master Class. So many dimensions. Loved the way she fills the frame with subtext, mood, rhythm, style. She, herself, is a lovely person, and her humanity shows up in her class as well as in her films. The great experience of this class is to "hang out" with her, learn from her, know her as an artist and person. Her ability to bring out emotional truth in her actors is breathtaking. She is breathtaking. Bravo, bravo, and thanks Mira!!

Arun V.

Thank you! Truly a class from the master. I can feel your passion for the film making, story telling... Hats off!!

Jamal H.

Mira, you are so vividly human. That vibrancy shows in your films and now in this master class. It felt so intimate and compassionate as if you were wise mother hawk teach her younglings to fly. Thank you for a brilliant Master class!

Kym S.

Mira, I think out of all the director's classes I've taken on here, I've learned the most from yours. Thank you so much!

E T.

Thank you Mira! Your insights are invaluable. You are one of my favorite filmmakers by far!!

Reginald J.

Thank you Mira, I absolutely enjoyed this Master Class. I am certain that not only will my filmmaking be enhanced but my overall ability to tell my stories from inception to finalization has been elevated as well. You are definitely one of my favorites. -Namaste


Thank you, Mira. This whole Masterclass was captivating. I think it somehow got into my pores and will no doubt elevate my filmmaking. Merci!!!

A fellow student

You are breathtaking!! Watching entire masterclass again now. Namaste x Kaye


No doubt. This is best session available on masterclass platform. Great things shared in most simple way. I wish, could learn more from you meerabai...


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.