The World Before Her, a documentary written and directed by Canadian-Indian film maker Nisha Pahuja and presented by Anurag Kashyap has been nominated for the prestigious Emmy awards to be held in Los Angeles on August 25, in the Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story category. “It is such an honour to be nominated for an Emmy and especially to receive the news in India where the team has worked so hard to get the film out to audiences. I couldn’t quite believe the message when I received it in my inbox! In many ways it makes all the long hours and years that have gone into this film even more worth it!” says Pahuja.
The documentary which released in US and Canada this year, shifts between the fascinating worlds of a Miss India pageant and a Hindu fundamentalist camp for girls. The first one follows the life of Ruhi Singh a small-town girl competing in the Miss India pageant in Mumbai. While in the other India, the story follows Prachi Trivedi a young, militant leader at a camp for girls run by the Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the VHP. She is someone who preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity, and Islam.
Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a critical, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a key transitional moment—and of two women who hope to shape its future. “I hope the nomination encourages audiences in India to continue to support The World Before Her, and just as importantly, I hope this continues to build and strengthen the documentary community here. It really feels like there is an acceptance and awareness now around documentaries s in India–let’s hope with every accomplishment by any filmmaker all of us benefit in some way!”
You can view the official trailer of the movie here.