WorldView-funded film ‘The World Before Her’ has opened in US theatres and will be screening throughout May. The film, described by the New York Times as ‘Riveting’, has been going from strength to strength and will also be aired on PBS POV documentary strand on September 16, 2013.
The film has already won numerous awards, including the Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca Film Festival. It is the story of two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernising India. One wants to become Miss India going through a beauty boot camp, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.
As the contestants move through beauty boot camp, the film travels to another corner of India to visit an annual 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 what it means to be good Hindu women and how to fight against Islam, Christianity and Western influences by any means necessary. The Indian government says these camps promote terrorism and is trying to ban them. Until now, they have never been filmed.