The World Before Her
is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a
small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—a
ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other
India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist
Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western
culture, Christianity, and Islam. Moving between these divergent
realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s
largest democracy at a critical transitional moment—and of two
women who hope to shape its future. (HD presentation) Director Nisha Pahuja is scheduled to be present.
cosponsored by the Dhar India Studies Program.
Nisha Pahuja is a freelance filmmaker, writer, producer, and researcher who was
born in India, but grew up in Toronto. Her third film, The World Before Her won the
World Documentary Competition Award at Tribeca Film Festival, where it premiered.
Though she grew up in Toronto, this is her second film focusing on India. She makes
films that deal with social and political issues and are driven by character and narrative.