returning to The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Nisha Pahuja’s THE WORLD BEFORE HER, screens Jan 4, 5, 6, + 7. Then, as one of TIFF’s Top 10 films of the year, screens at TBLB Jan 9 + 10

WBH Miss India contestants line up to be judged in the swimsuit round

The World Before Her returns to The Bloor, and, as one of TIFF’s Top 10, will screen at the tiff Bell Lightbox

The World Before Her, a film by Nisha Pahuja

Writer|Director: Nisha Pahuja

Producers:  Ed BarreveldNisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe,

Editor: David Kazala 

DOP: Mrinal DesaiDerek Rogers 

Executive Producers: Ed BarreveldMike ChamberlainAndy Cohen, Nisha Pahuja

Production Company:  Storyline Entertainment


Best Documentary Feature, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Best Canadian Feature, 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival

Best Foreign Film, 2012 Traverse City Film Festival

Best Canadian Feature Documentary, 2012 Edmonton Int’l Film Festival

Special Jury Mention, 2012 Guanajuato Film Festival

Special Jury Mention, 2012 Warsaw Film Festival

Special Jury Mention, 2012 San Diego Asian Film Festival

Special Jury Mention, Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards, 2012 St. Louis Int’l  FF

Canada’s Top Ten, TIFF Bell Lightbox


Tribeca Film Festival

Hot Docs

Little Rock FF

Sydney Film Fest

Tribeca Firenze


Moscow Intl FF

Dokufest Kosovo

Guanajuato FF

Gimli Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival

Rhode Island Film Festival

Possible Worlds


Third I Film Festival

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

Zurich Film Festival

Calgary Int’l Film Fest

Art Gallery of Hamilton World FF

Women In Film

International 1001 Documentary Film Festival

Palo Alto

Reykjavik IFF

Festival do Rio

Vancouver Int’l Film Fest

CNEX Documentary Festival

Aspen Film Festival

Northwest Film Center

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival

Best of Hot Docs Winnipeg

Abu Dhabi IFF

Warsaw Film Festival

Zagreb Film Festival

St John’s Women’s Film Festival

Bergen International Film Fest

Bermuda Doc FF

Fort Lauderdale IFF

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Vermont IFF

Stockholm Film Festival


San Francisco Doc Film Fest

Windsor Intl Film Festival


San Diego Asian FF

Guangzhou Int’l Doc Film Fest

Brisbane FF

International Film Festival of India

Yogyakarta Documentary Festival

St Louis Film Festival

Anchorage IFF

Irvine Intl Film Festival

0110 International Digital Film Festival

Belgrade FF

The World Before Her: Synopsis

Twenty hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant enter an intense month-long beauty boot camp in Bombay. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India, young girls undergo physical combat training and learn how to be obedient Hindu women at a camp run by the women’s branch of the militant fundamentalist movement. As massive change sweeps through India, control over women and their behaviour is at the epicentre of a violent clash between Western modernity and age-old patriarchal traditions. Director Nisha Pauja gained extraordinary access to women and their families living in two very different worlds—it’s the first time a camera has been allowed into the fundamentalist camp—to craft a brilliant film that captures the choices and contradictions facing young women in India today.  – Lynne Fernie, Hot Docs

About Storyline Entertainment: Producers

Storyline Entertainment is an award winning producer of non-fiction programming. Established in 2000, our mandate is to create productions with a distinct point of view, international appeal, and high production values. Storyline has an established reputation in the documentary world both in Canada and abroad. Our award-winning films, including Gemini wins for Shipbreakers and Tiger Spirit, and Best Documentary wins at Tribeca and Hot Docs for The World Before Her, have screened at many festivals including TIFF, Tribeca, Full Frame, True/False, IDFA and Hot Docs. They have been broadcast around the world on channels such as History TV, Discovery, CBC, National Geographic Channels, VRT, ZDF and ARTE.  Storyline Entertainment is operated by Ed Barreveld, a Canadian film maker with extensive experience producing for domestic and international markets.

About KINOSMITH: Distributor

The World Before Her is distributed in Canada by KinoSmith, an independent Canadian film distribution & marketing company founded in February 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith. With a mandate to bring critically-acclaimed Canadian and international films to audiences across the country, the company has distributed over 150 feature films in the last five years as well as provide marketing advice to completed films and productions in development.  Its current theatrical releases include GIRL MODEL, SOUND IT OUT, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, DARWIN, HERMAN’S HOUSE, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!, CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT and UNFINISHED SPACES. Upcoming releases from KinoSmith include IN THEIR SKIN starring Selma Blair, the UK hit PING PONG, Yung Chang’s THE FRUIT HUNTERS, THE CARBON RUSH, CALIFORNIA SOLO starring Robert Carlyle and Michael Apted’s 56 UP.