The World Before Her
The World Before Her (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2013
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls in a country even less ready for them than ours.

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John Anderson

The contrasts in The World Before Her certainly work in its favor, and Pahuja's balancing act is an accomplished one.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Riveting docu explores rights of girls, women in India.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A thought-provoking film that examines women's limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization.

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Craig Mathieson

Tradition and fashion, history and the future, politics and consumerism - these are the conflicts of this strong documentary.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The World Before Her's stark juxtaposition may surprise in its intricacies, though, after delving into the psyches of the four girls followed.

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John Ballantine
An interesting contrast between two women growing up in India with different perspectives on how their lives should unfold. The viewer is along to see the good… More