The World Before Her

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November 8th, 2014, 10:00am – 11:30am
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

In a Bombay hotel, 20 hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant arrive for a month-long beauty boot camp. Winning the title means instant stardom, a lucrative career and, for some, freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. Hindu fundamentalists view pageants as immoral and a symbol of Westernization. We visit a camp for young girls run by the Durgha Vahini, the women’s wing of the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn how to fight against Islam, Christianity and Western influences by any means necessary. The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. These young women represent opposing extremes but they share a common dream: to help shape the future of India. Best Canadian Feature, HotDocs