The World Before Her

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The World Before Her
"The World Before Her" official movie poster.jpg
Directed byNisha Pahuja
Produced byEd Barreveld
Nisha Pahuja
Cornelia Principe
Andy Cohen
Written byNisha Pahuja
Music byKen Myhr
CinematographyMrinal Desai
Derek Rogers
Edited byDavid Kazala
Storyline Entertainment
Distributed byKinoSmith (Canada)
Ro*co Films
Release date
  • November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)
Running time
90 minutes

The World Before Her is a 2012 Canadian documentary film written and directed by Nisha Pahuja. The film explores the complex and conflicting environment for young girls in India by profiling two young women participating in two very different types of training campRuhi Singh, who aspires to become Miss India, and Prachi Trivedi, a Hindu nationalist with the Durga Vahini.[1]

The film was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story in 2014.[2] It also won the awards for Best Canadian Feature at the 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, and was a nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards. The film won the award of Best International Documentary Film at the 2013 Byron Bay International Film Festival. The San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2012 gave the film a Special Jury Mention.[3]

On June 6, 2014, the film was released to widespread critical acclaim in India,[4] the country it depicts, with the help of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. A critic for Firstpost called it "one of the most important, skillfully made and powerfully provocative films to come in a long time."[5]


  1. ^ "The World Before Her: Miss India or Miss Militant". The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2012.
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  3. ^ "SDAFF Award Winners | Pacific Arts Movement". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  4. ^ Chatterjee, Suprateek. "Nisha Pahuja's meditative and incendiary documentary may well be the most important Indian film of the year". Time Out Mumbai. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  5. ^ Fadnavis, Mihir. "The World Before Her: An important, provocative film". FirstPost.

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