The World Before Her (2013)

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
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The World Before Her

All Critics (6) | 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.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2016
The Film Stage

Riveting docu explores rights of girls, women in India.

Full Review… | August 6, 2013
Common Sense Media

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
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

documentary showing the mind blowing rift between the traditional Hindu gender roles and that of the more "modern" Indian woman

Julie Moore
Julie Moore

Fascinating film about two completely different viewpoints on modern women's place in India. On the one hand: a culture promoting Western beauty and pageantry. On the other: a militant Muslim training camp that teaches girls how to kill those who oppose their religion. No idea why this wasn't nominated for any major awards - it's a deserving film.

Valentina Kaulitz
Valentina Kaulitz

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