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The World Before Her

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Nisha Pahuja

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About the Movie

Twenty hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant enter an intense month-long beauty boot camp in Bombay. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India, young girls undergo physical combat training and learn how to be obedient Hindu women at a camp run by the women’s branch of the militant fundamentalist movement. As massive change sweeps through India, control over women and their behaviour is at the epicentre of a violent clash between Western modernity and age-old patriarchal traditions.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The contrasts in The World Before Her certainly work in its favor, and Pahuja's balancing act is an accomplished one. – John Anderson, Variety, May 6, 2013

Fresh: With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls in a country even less ready for them than ours. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, May 7, 2013

Fresh: 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. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Nov 8, 2012

Fresh: A thought-provoking film that examines women's limited choices in a patriarchal country reeling from the contradictions of rapid modernization. – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Nov 9, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Moving, shocking, provocative

A must-see! Especially with all the current discussion in India around women's rights. Director Nisha Pahuja shows us surprising parallels in two completely different worlds and never passes judgement on her subjects. Thought-provoking documentary.

The Awesome and Not so Awesome

Considerable one of the best documentaries I've seen. Although there are some flaws to it, one if them being that a woman has the freedoms of choice in the fashion industry. What the movie doesn't tell you is that either way with the new or old, women in India are still restricted. You are either bound by culture, or bound by the fashion industry, and in both situations viewed as an object. It is a sad reality, and needs to be addressed. For this reason it deserves 4 stars.

thought provoking

I highly recommend watching this documentary.

The World Before Her
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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