Mira Nair’s suitable boy will close the 45gh Toronto International Film Festival has received the Jeff Skoll Award for Impact Media as the remotely conducted TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony. The director Niar will receive the award from the actor Tabu who also starred in her recent film A suitable Boy and also director’s critically acclaimed 2006 drama, The Namesake.
The actor said about the director, “When Mira Nair was a kid, she asked herself, can art change the world? She has proven it can.” She added, “set the highest standards of cinema”.
Mira received the award along with six other recipients of the TIFF Tribute Awards ,
octogenarian actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, Chinese-American filmmaker Chloe Zhao, indigenous Canadian director Tracey Deer and musician Terence Blanchard.
Mira Nair said in her acceptance speech, “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.” She further said, “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 the 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.”