The World Before Her
The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment.
Twenty young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp - they are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant. 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 indoctrination and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women.
Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment.
There is no better time to talk about women's rights and religious fundamentalism in India than now. After the brutal gang rapes in Delhi and Bombay India can no longer deny that it has a tremendous amount of work to do to ensure equality, safety and freedom to women. And, with Narendra Modi, a staunch backer of Hindutva poised to lead the powerful right wing BJP Party in 2014, the growth of Hindu extremism is a distinct possibility. India and Indian women seem to be on the cusp of something, balancing a myriad truths and faced with a future both bright and blighted. To shed light on this reality and to see it, both in a national and international context is critical.