The World Before Her

2012, Documentary, 1h 30m

7 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja shows the tension between traditional and modern values in India through the Miss India Pageant.

Cast & Crew

Pooja Chopra
Mike Chamberlain
Executive Producer
Andy Cohen
Executive Producer
Ken Myhr
Original Music
Mrinal Desai
Cinematographer
David Kazala
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Critic Reviews for The World Before Her

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7)

  • 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.

    November 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.

    November 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
  • Tradition and fashion, history and the future, politics and consumerism - these are the conflicts of this strong documentary.

    October 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.

    June 29, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 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.

    November 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
  • Tradition and fashion, history and the future, politics and consumerism - these are the conflicts of this strong documentary.

    October 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.

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

Audience Reviews for The World Before Her

  • Nov 08, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer

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