Mira Nair Reacquires ‘Mississippi Masala’ and Will Screen Remastered Print for 30th Anniversary at NYFF
Celebrated film director Mira Nair has reacquired the rights to her 1991 film Mississippi Masala and will be screening a remastered print at the New York Film Festival in honor of the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release. Nair is on a quest to make her films more available to a new generation. Nair’s films include Salaam Bombay, The Namesake, Queen of Katwe, and many more. In addition, the stage adaption of her film Monsoon Wedding will premiere in India in November.
A predecessor of SESAC Music Group acquired the rights to Mississippi Masala following the original release of the film in 1991. In order that such a culturally important work could again be viewed by the public, SESAC has granted all rights in the film back to Nair for re-release. “We are honored to support Mira Nair in her efforts to bring Mississippi Masala to a wider audience on the 30th anniversary of its initial release. SESAC is proud to have played a small role in this mission,” says John Josephson, Chairman and CEO of SESAC Music Group.
The remastered version of the film, starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, will premiere at New York Film Festival on Saturday, September 25, with a second screening on Wednesday, September 29. Tickets are available now at https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff59-ticket-information/