Mississippi Masala (1991)
Join us at the Capitol Theater for this special event!
Long out-of-print and unstreamable, this new 4K restoration of Mira Nair’s beloved romantic drama is cause for celebration.
Starting June 1st, TRL cardholders can visit the Olympia or West Olympia library to pick up free tickets to the June 25th screening. Register here to express interest and receive ticket reminders as the event approaches.
The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South come together in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with bighearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power.
Mississippi Masala will be discussed at the July 11th meeting of Film Club.