POV: The World Before Her

POV: The World Before Her

Monday, September 16 at 10:00 p.m.

This is a tale of two Indias.

In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam.

"The World Before Her" reveals a world of startling contrasts between urban and rural, jeans and saris, consumer culture and poverty, where rapid economic development fuels a sharpening conflict between tradition and modernity—especially when it touches on women and religion.

Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment — and of two women who hope to shape its future. By filmmaker Nisha Pahuja.

Top photo: A 14 year-old poses with a rifle at the Durga Camp Graduation Ceremony.

At right: A former Miss India, Pooja Chopra, poses during a photo shoot.