The World Before Her Canada/India, 2012, 89 minutes Director: Nisha Pahuja
Twenty hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant arrive for an intense, beauty boot camp. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India we visit a camp for young girls run by the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women. This is a lively, provocative portrait of the world's largest democracy at a critical transitional moment.
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