Mississippi Masala (newly restored)

(USA/1991—directed by Mira Nair) 

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, twenty-something Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming 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 big-hearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power. This new 4K restoration was supervised by Mira Nair and legendary cinematographer Ed Lachman. (117 minutes)

“Amazingly fresh and lively. The movie assumes its multiculturalism with grace and humor, moving between its various worlds with a delighted eye.” –Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune 

“The freshest, most winning love story in ages.” –Jay Carr, The Boston Globe