Mira Nair, Indian actress, director and filmaker, has turned down an invitation to be guest of honor at Haifa Film Festival for her support for the Palestinians. She posted a series of messages on her Twitter page that she would not visit Israel until “Apartheid is over”. (The photo on left shows Mira on the right with Sabrina).
In a tweet, she wrote: “I will not be going to Israel this time. I will go to Israel when the wall come down.”
In the next tweet, she said: “I will go to Israel when the state does not privilege one religion over another. I will go to Israel when apartheid is over.”
Finally, Mira tweeted: “I stand with Palestine for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the larger Boycott, Divestment, Sanction BDS) movement“.
By snubbing Israeli PR offer, Mira Nair, has joined a long line of artists and intellectuals, including Stephane Hessel, Iain Banks, Devendra Banhart, Alice Walker, Elvis Castillo, Carlos Santana, Roger Waters, Stephen Hawking, John Berger, Ken Loach, and many more, who have refused to allow the Zionist regime to use them as propaganda ploy.
Mira Nair has produced and directed several award-winning films in both Bollywood and Hollywood, including Salaam Bombay! (1988), Mississipi Masala (1991), The Perez Family (1995), Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Monsoon Wedding (2001), 11’09’01 September 11 (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2007), New York I Love You (2009), Amelia (2009) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012).
Pnina Blair, artistic director of Haifa Film Festival, says Mira Nair’s boycott of the event could result in banning the scheduled screening of her latest movie, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. The movie, adopted from a Pakistan novel, explore the racism and bigotry a Muslim faced in United State after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mira Nair was born on October 15, 1957, into a Hindu family which immigrated to India from Lahore (Pakistan) in 1947. She studied at the University of Delhi and Harvard. She is married to professor Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University). Mamdani was born in Uganda into Muslim-Indian family, but he claims to be an atheist. Mamdani is author of book ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim’. She lives in New York, New Delhi and Uganda.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year. Watch review of the movie at TIFF, below.
Mira Nair: Indian filmaker boycotts Israel film festival | Rehmat's World