The World Before Her

( India, USA / 2012 )
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The Miss India pageant is the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and, for some girls, freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. As the beauty contestants move through beauty boot camp, Director Nicha Pahuja travels to another corner of India to visit a different camp for young girls, the women's wing of the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, these girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women and how to fight against Islam, Christianity and the onslaught of Western culture.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 90 min.
Theme: Activism, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Children, Conflicts, Current Affairs, Education, Gender see all »
Language(s): English, Hindi
Director(s): Nisha Pahuja
Producer(s): Ed Barreveld, Cornelia Principe, Nisha see all »
Available regions: Canada, United States
The World Before Her


  • "RIVETING..."
    The New York Times
    The Huffington Post

awards & accolades

  • Tribeca Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
  • Hot Docs - Best Canadian Feature Documentary
  • Byron Bay International Film Festival - Best International Documentary Film

Festival participation

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • Byron Bay International Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • New Zealand International Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

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