March 17, 2008 – Academy Award Nom­inee Mira Nair will dis­cuss the art of film­making as part of the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent & Scholar Institute’s (ISSI) Dis­tin­guished Artist Series on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in North­eastern University’s Blackman The­ater. Nair, whose fea­ture film debut was nom­i­nated for an Academy Award for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film, is one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed film­makers, having worked with acclaimed actors like Reese With­er­spoon and Denzel Wash­ington. Her visit is part of ISSI’s Carnevale! 2008, a two-​​month fes­tival that cel­e­brates cul­tural diver­sity at North­eastern through the arts.

Nair, who was born and raised in India, moved to the United States when she was 19 to attend Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, where she grad­u­ated with a degree in soci­ology. While she was ini­tially drawn to acting, she soon found some­thing else that drew her in – film­making. Begin­ning as a doc­u­men­tary film­maker, Nair was rec­og­nized for some of her first films, including India Cabaret, which won for Best Doc­u­men­tary at the Amer­ican Film Festival.

In addi­tion to being nom­i­nated for an Oscar, Salaam Bombay!, Nair’s first fea­ture film, won the Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Film Fes­tival in 1988, as well as other inter­na­tional awards. One of Nair’s most pop­ular movies, Mon­soon Wed­ding, illus­trates the cul­tural and gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences that exist in India today through the plot of an arranged marriage.The film also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Fes­tival, fur­ther estab­lishing Nair as a remark­able filmmaker.

Mira Nair has beau­ti­fully cap­tured con­trasting cul­tural real­i­ties that evoke uni­versal themes of humanity,” said Scott Quint, Asso­ciate Dean for ISSI and Inter­cul­tural Pro­grams. “We are hon­ored to host such an accom­plished film­maker as we bring together and cel­e­brate the cul­tural diver­sity that is at Northeastern.”

Throughout her career, Nair has taken on dif­ferent roles in the process of making a film, including writing, pro­ducing, acting and directing. As an expert in her craft, Nair con­tinues to create films for both tele­vi­sion and movie screens. Hys­ter­ical Blind­ness, a project directed for HBO, earned one of HBO’s highest orig­inal film rat­ings in three years and also earned Uma Thurman, the star­ring actor, a Golden Globe for her performance.

Nair has many exciting projects lined up for 2008 and 2009. She has been hired to direct Shan­taram, a film based on a novel about a con­vict and drug addict who escapes from prison and is set to star Johnny Depp. She also plans on working with Hilary Swank on a film about the life and last flight of famed female pilot Amelia Earhart.

For more infor­ma­tion about Mira Nair’s visit to North­eastern, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent & Scholar Institute

The Inter­na­tional Stu­dent & Scholar Insti­tute, founded in 1976, embodies the University’s global vision and its com­mit­ment to mean­ingful cross-​​cultural under­standing for all mem­bers of the Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity, from Boston to Bei­jing. North­eastern is among the more cul­tur­ally diverse edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions in the United States, and ISSI draws upon this rich­ness to offer pro­grams and ser­vices that foster inter­cul­tural aware­ness, enhance all facets of the North­eastern expe­ri­ence, and sup­port immigration/​regulatory com­pli­ance. Each year, ISSI serves 2,500 stu­dents at the under­grad­uate and grad­uate levels, pro­viding ori­en­ta­tion, training and cul­tural exer­cises to pro­mote the dia­logue between domestic and for­eign nationals.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world.The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divisions.For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.