The World Before Her
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Twenty young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp - they are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India we visit a camp for young girls run by the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women. Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters' private lives, The World… More

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"With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls in a country even less ready for them than ours."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"The contrasts in The World Before Her certainly work in its favor, and Pahuja's balancing act is an accomplished one."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"A thought-provoking film that examines women's limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Riveting docu explores rights of girls, women in India."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Extreme choices and attitudes confronting women in India are laid bare in Nisha Pahuja's quietly shocking film, the Best Canadian Feature winner at Hot Docs 2012."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
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