We told you a few days ago about the nominees for the Gotham Awards in independent film, to be handed out Nov. 27. In conjunction with the awards, the IFC Center in New York is presenting a tribute to Indian filmmaker Mira Nair, and screening several of her films throughout the month of November.

The capstone event is "An Afternoon with Mira Nair," to be held Nov. 25 at the IFC Center. Nair's debut feature Salaam Bombay!(1988) will be screened, along with her new short film Migration. Nair herself will host the screening, and she'll be interviewed by Bennett Miller (director of Capote; I'm not sure what the connection is). And there are prizes! Everyone in the audience gets a free DVD of Nair's most recent feature The Namesake.

Screenings of Monsoon Wedding(2001) this past weekend launched the Nair-fest. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) will screen Nov. 9-11, followed by Hysterical Blindness (2002) Nov. 16-18, and Mississippi Masala (1991) Nov. 23-25.

Salaam Bombay! was a hit at Cannes and went on to get an Oscar nomination -- one of only three times an Indian film has earned that distinction. The Namesake, primarily in English, premiered at Telluride in 2006 and opened theatrically in March of this year. It was well received and has been on some people's lists of Oscar hopefuls, though its March release date might mean voters have forgotten about it by now.

For more info on the events, visit the IFC Center's website.
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