The World Before Her

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The World Before Her
A documentary examining opposing cultural movements in India (tradition vs. modernism), contrasting the experiences and attitudes of contestants in the Miss India beauty contest with those of participants at a Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls.

Published: [New York] : Docurama : Distributed in the U.S. by Cinedigm Entertainment, c2013.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 305.4209 WOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 91 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 21, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting look at some of the huge cultural changes happening in India, especially pertaining to women and their roles.

Jan 14, 2014
  • HellbillyHillhound rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very unnerving and unsettling at times. Touches on many subject matters. Makes you think of so many more ?'s. Huge changes in major countries and our own doesn't even know about it. Feminist movements, fundamental religious uprisings, hard-core social norms... Yes, I really liked this doc. I recommend this to every one.

Aug 14, 2013
  • zal1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting documentary that dissects the 2 extreme institutions of the Indian society - the grwoing militancy of the Hindi movement and the quest for fame and ambition in the eyes of the Indian female. The film's constant juxtaposition of these two dichotomies presents a riveting story of the collision of values. One destroys the fabric of the social cohesion as it aims for the destruction of minority rights; the other presents the growing thirst for globalization as it wants to embrace the need for worldwide acceptance to feed its own personal agenda. In one way, they share a common goal of achieving their ambitions in the most aggressive possible way that losing tantamounts to failure.


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