Deepa Mehta is a controversial Indian-Canadian film director and screenwriter who is based in Toronto and Delhi.

Mehta graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in philosophy before immigrating to Canada in 1973. She embarked on her film career as a screenwriter for children's films. In 1991 she made her feature-film directorial debut with Sam & Me (starring Om Puri), a story of the relationship between a young Indian boy and an elderly Jewish gentleman in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. It won First Honorable Mention in the Camera d'Or category of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Mehta followed up with Camilla, starring Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy, in 1994. Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy (Fire, Earth and Water), all of which were set in India.

Festivals: 2005 (Year Round)

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