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Next on POV: The World Before Her

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The World Before Her premieres September 16, 2013 at 10 PM on PBS stations. (Check local listings.) The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from September 17 – October 16, 2013.

The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment—and of two women who hope to shape its future. Winner, World Documentary Competition Award, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

After the broadcast, you can visit the The World Before Her companion site to watch the full film online for free for a limited time following the broadcast, learn from the filmmaker in a video interview, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources, and find out more about The Miss India Pageant, Durga Vahini and political Hinduism.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.