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The World Before Her -- Moving between Miss India pageant's beauty "bootcamp" and a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for girls, this doc delivers a provocative portrait.
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Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Pooja Chopra ... Herself
Marc Robinson ... Himself
Ankita Shorey ... Herself
Ruhi Singh ... Herself
Prachi Trivedi ... Herself

Directed by
Nisha Pahuja 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nisha Pahuja 

Produced by
Ed Barreveld .... producer
Mike Chamberlain .... executive producer
Andy Cohen .... executive producer
Nisha Pahuja .... producer
Cornelia Principe .... producer
Lisa Valencia-Svensson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ken Myhr 
Cinematography by
Mrinal Desai 
Derek Rogers 
Film Editing by
David Kazala 
Sound Department
Matthew Chan .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Guglick .... sound editor
Christopher Guglick .... sound re-recording mixer
Anita Kushwaha .... sound
Jason Milligan .... sound
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennifer Renaud .... studio manager
Alexander Åslund .... mix assistant (as Alex Aslund)
Editorial Department
Laura Aqui .... colorist / on-line editor
Nitin Baid .... additional editor: Promos
Sidharth Meer .... bluray mastering
Other crew
Mangla Bansal .... production staff
Shiladitya Bora .... distribution
Shasha Nakhai .... production coordinator
Adam J. Segal .... publicist
Virinderpaul Singh .... social media outreach
Ryan Harrington .... special thanks
Adella Ladjevardi .... thanks
Ranjan Singh .... special thanks

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90 min | USA:52 min (PBS version)

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India ranks second in terms of winning the Miss World Pageant. Venezuela ranks first.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: "Main wahan pe top pe jaungi" has been omitted altogether in English translation in subtitles. (at 18:28 min in DvD)See more »
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Engaging documentary about culture clash in India, 8 March 2014
Author: Paul Allaer from Cincinnati

"The World Before Her" (2012 release from India; 90 min.) is a documentary focusing on two women. As the movie opens, we get to meet Ruhi, a 19 yr. old who is in the final group of 20 young women competing for the title of Miss India 2011. The beauty contest boot camp will run for 30 days leading up to the pageant itself. Next we get to meet Prachi, a 24 yr. old who is a camp leader at Durga Vahini, a Hindu nationalistic training camp for women between the ages of 15 and 23. We also get to know the respective families of these young women.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, kudos to director Nisha Pahuja for bringing us these insights into Indian society, it was an eye-opener for me (I've never been in to India). Second, beware, the documentary contains some disturbing archive footage of Hindu extremists brutally attacking women for the heinous crime of being seen with a man or for being in a bar, or for simply being a woman. There is also some fairly shocking footage of the beauty pageant contestants getting botox injections and skin whitening treatments. Third, one can only imagine the pressure that weighs on girls and women in India. At one point Ruhi's mother describes how disappointed and let down she felt when giving birth and being told it was another girl. We should all be thankful for living in a country like the US where, compared to India, women are treated and live like queens.

I saw this movie at the 2014 International Women's Day festival held by the Cincinnati World Cinema, and the screening was PACKED I am happy to report. "The World Before Her" raises a lot of poignant questions, and is worth checking out, be it in the theater, on DVD or on Amazon Instant Video. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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