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The World Before Her

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PBS Premiere: September 16, 2013

Synopsis

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).

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Film Information

The World Before Her (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 16, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Critical Acclaim

A fascinating study of the forces at work in a vast, complex country struggling to straddle modern and ancient values in the 21st century. ”

&mdashThe Christian Science Monitor

With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls.””

&mdash Alan Scherstuhl,The Village Voice

In Nisha Pahuja’s brilliant documentary The World Before Her, the controversial politics of pageantry transcend borders. . . . The documentary’s India is one struggling to define its own relationship with the present and the past, and by extension its vision for the future.””

&mdash Matt BrennanIndieWire