The World Before Her
directed by Nisha Pahuja
World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival
Opening the World Documentary Competition
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Producers: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja
Editor: David Kazala
DOP: Mrinal Desai, Derek Rogers
Executive Producers: Ed Barreveld, Andy Cohen
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment
Public and Press & Industry Screening Times Information
Public Screening Schedule Date Time Venue
Premiere 4/19/2012 5:30:00 PM SVA-2
2nd Screening 4/21/2012 10:30:00 PM CCC-9
3rd Screening 4/22/2012 1:00:00 PM AV7-2
4th Screening 4/25/2012 6:00:00 PM AV7-1
Press and Industry Date Time Venue
Press Screening 4/21/2012 10:00:00 AM CCC-5
A vivid portrayal of culture clash between beauty pageantry and Hindu religious extremism, The World Before Her has earned Toronto’s Storyline Entertainment the distinctive opening spot of the World Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday April 19, 2012, which will be the film’s World Premiere.
Via unprecedented access, The World Before Her contrasts the wide-eyed ambitions of 20 hand-picked contestants determined to win the Miss India pageant, and the behind-the-scenes reality of Hindu fundamentalist camps for young girls that are run by the women’s wing of a militant movement.
“This film has been my life for a couple of years,” says director Nisha Pahuja, “and I’m so proud of showing it to the world. There couldn’t be a better place to kick-start this off in, then at Tribeca, and to have The World Before Her open the World Documentary Competition, is truly an honour.”
“We worked hard to make this film,” adds Storyline Entertainment’s Executive Producer Ed Barreveld , “and premiering at Tribeca will be a feather in the film’s cap.”
The film sees 20 young women from across India arrive in Bombay for a month-long beauty boot camp, where winning the coveted title would mean instant stardom, a lucrative career path, and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. It is the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests.
But as its popularity has exploded, so have the protests rejecting it as decadent. As the pageant unfolds, director Nisha travels to another corner of India to visit an annual camp for young girls run by the Durgha Vahini, a leader of the women’s wing of a militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be “good” Hindu women and how to fight corrupting outside influences by any means necessary. This is the first time that a film crew has been able to enter these camps.
The contrast between the vehement determination of the pageant contestants to obtain a title that could change their lives forever, and the passionate desire of the camp leaders to fight and even die for their beliefs, is at times overpowering. Nisha has effectively balanced both these perspectives through a provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment.
Screening Venues in NYC:
BMCC Tribeca Pac (BMCC) Westside Highway at Chambers Street , New York , NY 10013
AMC Village VII (AV7) 66 Third Avenue at 11th Street , New York , NY 10013
Clear Cinemas Chelsea (CCC) 260 West 23rd Street , between 7th and 8th Avenue , New York , NY 10011
SVA Theater (SVA) 333 West 23rd Street , between 8th and 9th Avenue , New York , NY 10011
Tribeca Cinemas (TC) 54 Varick Street @ Laight Street , New York , NY 10013