Mira Nair Receives Annual Giving Back Award from Meera Gandhi

Woodstock, N.Y.  Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation, presented the third Annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award to acclaimed film director Mira Nair at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 5, 2013. In the presentation during the Maverick Awards gala evening in Woodstock, New York, Meera Gandhi said that that the Giving Back spirit must be kindled in all walks of life.

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Meera Gandhi with 2013 award winner Mira Nair. Photo: David Morris Cunningham.

Meera Gandhi presented the Giving Back award and $5,000 Cash honorarium to Ms. Nair. The award is given each year to the director, producer or actor who best delivers a message of social change and a strong compassion for philanthropy.

Mira Nair, one of the icons of filmmaking, is best known for her directorial brilliance with such legendary films as Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, and her most recent film, the Reluctant Fundamentalist. The Broadway stage production of Monsoon Wedding will open in 2014. A dedicated humanitarian, she has helped over 5000 street kids in India and established 17 centers for them. She works with young filmmakers in Uganda, where she operates film schools for the African continent’s best and brightest young filmmakers.

Past recipients of the Meera Gandhi Giving Back award for philanthropy were actor Mark Ruffalo in 2011 and actor, director and screenwriter Tim Blake Nelson in 2012. Mark is involved with the environment and Tim Blake with creating theater opportunity for youth in NYC.

This award is in keeping with the Giving Back Foundation philosophy: “We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it“ —Meera Gandhi.

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