Nayani Thiyagarajah

Nayani Thiyagarajah is a a director, producer, and writer of stories for the screen. As a Libra, she enjoys the balance of both truth-telling and playing make believe for a living. Fun facts: Nayani sometimes cackles and snorts while laughing. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram here: @_9knee. (For anybody wondering, that's how you say her name. nayani = 9'knee)

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Vince Carter filled the dreams of a generation, and this TIFF movie honours his legacy

For filmmaker Nayani Thiyagarajah, watching Sean Menard's 'The Carter Effect' at the Toronto International Film Festival brought back a rush of childhood memories.

Watch a young Molly Johnson talk about wanting to be rich — so she could help other artists

In this 1987 video from the CBC Archives, Molly Johnson shares her dream of becoming a philanthropist in order to support her communities.

Watch a 16-year-old Sarah Polley talk about the pressure to grow up fast — and how she resisted

Back in 1995, the actress and filmmaker talked to the CBC about losing her passion — and finding it again.

Learn from a master: In 1995, the late, great Dr. Maya Angelou shared these writing tips

For Angelou, the key to her success involved a hotel room, a Bible and a bottle of sherry. Revisit this archive video on what would have been her 89th birthday.

Before he's honoured at the Junos, let's look back at some of Leonard Cohen's wise words on art

In 1980, the great Leonard Cohen shared his desire to create art that stands the test of time — and doesn't embarrass him too much.

Her heart will go on: How a 22-year-old Céline Dion learned to stay true to herself

We all know her today as a beloved Canadian icon — but back in 1990, she was still new to the English music market and trying to conquer an unfamiliar world.

1,000 childhoods? Canada Reads finalist André Alexis on his theory that life constantly recreates

In 1998, the 'Fifteen Dogs' author — whose book is being defended by Humble The Poet in Canada Reads — seemed to be taking notes from Peter Pan.

Canada Reads finalist M.G. Vassanji on how he went from a nuclear physicist to a writer

When he spoke to the CBC back in 1994, Canadian author M.G. Vassanji reflected on leaving science behind to become a writer — and what fuels his work in fiction.

'Anne' forever: 30 years ago, Megan Follows already knew her 'Green Gables' role would live on

With the latest adaptation proving popular as ever, let's look back to an 'Anne' of yore through our trusty CBC Archives.

Watch Dionne Brand talk about exploring dispersal, diaspora and the desire to belong

In this 1999 video, Brand shared her thoughts on being a black Canadian born in Trinidad — and why she cannot separate her ancestors' experience from her own.

In 1981, Margaret Atwood questioned what a country is without its culture

In this video from the CBC Archives, Atwood shares an important piece of wisdom: 'It's the expression of the culture that lasts.'

In 1986, Howie Mandel told us he'd never change — especially not his underwear

In this video from the CBC Archives, a young Mandel talks about not letting fame change him.

Let Catherine O'Hara sell you some eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Do you think Catherine O'Hara remembers this? Nearly 40 years ago, she did her best to vouch for 'milk of amnesia' in an interview for CBC with Paul Soles.