The World Before Her

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Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Tue, Sep 8 12:00 PM
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Film Info
Runtime:90 min
Country Listing:Canada
Cinema Extra
Display Category:Free for Members
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nisha Pahuja
VR Director(s):TRUE


As massive change sweeps through India, this provocative film presents two contrasting realities for women. At one end of the spectrum, we’re introduced to 20 contestants competing for the Miss. India crown, a title that brings stardom, a lucrative career and freedom from the oppressive patriarchal society. On the other, we see young girls undergoing physical combat training, learning how to be obedient Hindu women at a camp run by the women’s branch of the militant fundamentalist movement. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs 2012, Nisha Pahuja's The World Before Her brilliantly captures the choices and contradictions facing young women in India today.

In English and Hindi, with English subtitles.

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