MIPCOM Picks 2012: The World Before Her
Partners: Storyline Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, The Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program; distributed by ro*co international
Length: 1 x 91 minutes, 1 x 60 minutes
Rights available: All rights available for all territories except Canada, U.S., France, Germany & Korea
Winner of the best documentary prize at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and given the best Canadian feature honor at Hot Docs, this film from Toronto-based director Nisha Pahuja captures two very different worlds: the action behind the Miss India beauty pageant, as 20 contestants take part in a beauty boot camp in Bombay; and the training within a camp for young girls run by the Durgha Vahini, the women’s wing of the militant fundamentalist movement. With the latter, Pahuja gained access to a world that had never before been filmed. By examining these two radically different groups, Pahuja illuminates the clash between encroaching Western values and entrenched tradition, and how that clash impacts young Indian women today.
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