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  • Own Voice

The World Before Her

Director Nisha Pahuja
Year 2012
Run Time 90min
Genre Documentary

Ruhi Singh is on her way to Bombay to participate in an intense beauty boot camp as a contestant in the Miss India pageant, a surefire launching pad to fame in a country of 1.2 billion people. 

Meanwhile, just a few hours away, Prachi Trivedi works at a very different kind of camp – one run by a militant Hindu nationalist group, where young girls are trained to combat western influences. 

Moving between the two camps, this lively and provocative documentary paints a portrait of a nation in transformation. A study in contrasts on the one hand, the film also reveals disturbing similarities in the obstacles that each woman faces as she tries to have an impact on her society.

The World Before Her won Best Canadian Feature at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. 


Nisha Pahuja


Nisha Pahuja


Ruhi Singh, Pooja Chopra


Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe, Ed Barreveld




BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version


Canadian Distributors

KinoSmith, levelFILM