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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 91 MIN | 2012

THE WORLD BEFORE HER

Young, beautiful, and ambitious, Ankita and Ruhi compete in the Miss India pageant for the chance at a career in the beauty industry, one of the few opportunities for women to find success and empowerment in contemporary India. On the opposite end of the spectrum from Miss India is Durga Vahini, the women's wing of the Hindu fundamentalist movement. Filming for the first time within a Durga Vahini camp, director Nisha Pahuja offsets the pageant narrative with that of camp leader Prachi, a fiery and compelling figure expressing a very different voice in the debate over women's issues.

Nisha Pahuja's The World Before Her dramatizes the tension between traditional and modern perspectives toward women in today's India through the juxtaposition of these two very different outlets for girls. Initially representing the two threads as mutually exclusive worldviews, Pahuja ultimately draws surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them at both extremes, convincingly depicting each as real sources of both oppression and empowerment. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition.
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 91 minutes
Language: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Country: Canada
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Producer: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja
Editor: David Kazala
Associate Producer: Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Director of Photography: Derek Rogers, Mrinal Desai
Executive Producer: Ed Barreveld, Andy Cohen, Nisha Pahuja, Mike Chamberlain
Composer: Ken Myhr
Press Contacts

Press Contact
Ingrid Hamilton
GAT PR
Toronto, Phone: 416 731 3034
ingrid@gat.ca

Press Contact
Ingrid Hamilton
GAT PR
Toronto, Phone: 416 731 3034
ingrid@gat.ca

Special Note


2012 World Documentary Competition Award Winner. Click here for additional screenings.

 

This film is appropriate for teenagers and up.

 

For the first time, the competition sections will have designated opening night films in both the documentary and narrative categories, highlighting the sections. The World Before Her will open the World Documentary competition, and Yossi will open the World Narrative competition, both on April 19.



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About the Director(s)
Nisha Pahuja learned filmmaking while working as a researcher for some of Canada's brightest documentary talents. She co-wrote and directed Diamond Road, which received the 2008 Gemini Award for best documentary series. Her Bollywood Bound was seen around the world and won a Gemini in 2002.

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