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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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