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MIPCOM Picks 2012: The World Before Her

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.
September 25, 2012

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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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