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The World Before Her is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja talks about her film that explores two extreme and contrasting paths for women in India.

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An Indian feminist describes the situation portrayed in The World Before Her.

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Prachi describes why she prefers to think of herself as handsome, as opposed to pretty.

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The girls at the Durga Vahini camp are given daggers at the end of the session.

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The Miss India contestants have their bodies examined before a month before the pageant.

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The opening to The World Before Her introduces the worlds of Ruhi and Prachi.

  • Updated on October 16, 2014

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Film Information

The World Before Her (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 16, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Nisha Pahuja Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Emmy Nominations Press Release


Nisha Pahuja
Nisha Pahuja

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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

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