Mira Nair is the youngest daughter of a family with three siblings, whose father is a governmental officer. She was first interested in theatre, that she practiced in a company of amateurs. In 1987, she writes her fist full- length film: Salaam Bombay!, that portrays the kids living in the streets of the Indian metropolis. The film wins the Caméra d’Or and the Most Popular Film Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Passionate of the cultural mix, Mira Nair realizes Mississipi Masala (1991), where a young Indian woman falls in love with an Afro- American man, represented by Denzel Washington. The film wins the same year the Most Popular Film Prize at the Festival of Venice. In 1995, she portrays the Cuban refugees in The Perez Family with Angelica Huston and Alfred Molina, playing the main roles. The following year, she realizes Kama- Sutra: a love history taking place in the India of the XVI century. The filmmaker obtains a second international success in 2001 with Monsoon Wedding, comedy on the Indian middle class, second film that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Awarded by all this success, Mira goes back to documentaries in 2002, participating to a collective film on the tragedy of September 11 in the United States (11’09’’01 September 11).