Mira Nair was recently felicitated with The Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Award. The 45th edition of the awards was held virtually on Tuesday night. Actor Tabu initiated the presentation of this award to Mira Nair.
Mira Nair was one of the six recipients of the TIFF Tribute Awards. Others who were felicitated alongside the Indian-American Filmmaker are actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, actress Kate Winslet, Chinese-American filmmaker Chloe Zhao (whose Nomadland is one of the highlights of TIFF 2020), Canadian director Tracey Deer and musician Terence Blanchard.
“When I work, it feels like fun, so I really want to thank the Toronto International Film Festival for giving me an award to have my fun and to be part of the extraordinary privilege of being able to make cinema” Mira Nair said in her acceptance speech.
“I have often said if we don’t tell our own stories no one else will. But it doesn’t stop there. In telling these stories, I have also discovered the power of listening, of the possibility of making bridges, the possibility of translation, of being porous. The award tells me that my art and my films have actually made change. That is such a beautiful feeling. I accept the award in honour of all the stories that held the idiosyncratic, the unseen, the unspoken, the unsaid, and the baffling. Here’s to them and they happen everywhere in the world” she added.
Mira Nair’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ will close the 45th Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. TIFF is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals.