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The World Before Her

This screening took place on
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00am
Yukon Arts Centre

In the lobby of a modest Bombay hotel, 20 young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp. They are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant, the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests. Meanwhile, the filmmakers take us to another corner of India: a camp for young girls run by the Durgha Vahini, the women’s wing of the militant fundamentalist Hindu movement. Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. One of ‘Canada’s Top Ten films of 2012’ as chosen by a panel assembled by TIFF Best Canadian feature at Hot Docs 2012 Best Documentary Feature, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Best Canadian Documentary, 2012 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards Top 10, Audience Choice, 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival In English and Hindi with English subtitles.
  • Directed by Nisha Pahuja
  • 2012, Ontario/India
  • 90 minutes

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