The World Before Her


The World Before Her (2013)



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Twenty 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. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India we visit a camp for young girls run by the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women. 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. (c) Cinedigm

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Critic Reviews for The World Before Her

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls in a country even less ready for them than ours.

May 7, 2013 | Full Review…

A thought-provoking film that examines women's limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization.

Nov 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Extreme choices and attitudes confronting women in India are laid bare in Nisha Pahuja's quietly shocking film, the Best Canadian Feature winner at Hot Docs 2012.

Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The contrasts in The World Before Her certainly work in its favor, and Pahuja's balancing act is an accomplished one.

May 2, 2012
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Tradition and fashion, history and the future, politics and consumerism - these are the conflicts of this strong documentary.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The World Before Her's stark juxtaposition may surprise in its intricacies, though, after delving into the psyches of the four girls followed.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The World Before Her

An interesting contrast between two women growing up in India with different perspectives on how their lives should unfold. The viewer is along to see the good and the bad.

John Ballantine
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