The World Before Her

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The World Before Her
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Directed by Nisha Pahuja
Produced by Ed Barreveld
Nisha Pahuja
Cornelia Principe
Written by Nisha Pahuja
Cinematography Mrinal Desai
Derek Rogers
Edited by David Kazala
Storyline Entertainment
Distributed by KinoSmith (Canada)
Ro*co Films
Release dates
  • November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

The World Before Her is a Canadian documentary film, released in 2012. 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.

On June 6, 2014, the film released to widespread critical acclaim in India, the country it depicts, with the help of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Critics called it "the most important film of the year".[3][4]


  1. "The World Before Her: Miss India or Miss Militant". The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2012.
  3. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Fadnavis, Mihir. "The World Before Her: An important, provocative film". FirstPost.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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