Documentary starts annual film festival
The World Before Her, a hard-hitting documentary that looks at the lot of women in India, kicks off the Kamloops Film Festival on March 7.
The documentary by Nisha Pahuja goes behind the scenes of two different but real training camps — one to declare Miss India and one to ensure young girls grow up to be good Hindu women who will fight Christianity, Islam and any Western influences.
The film won top awards last year at the Tribeca and Hot Docs film festivals, as well as at the Edmonton International Film Festival.
It received special recognition at film festivals in Warsaw, San Diego, St. Louis and Anchorage and was chosen fan favourite and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
Pahuja has worked on many documentaries in Canada, including the Gemini Award-winning Diamond Road, which she co-wrote and directed and which looked at the global diamond trade and Bollywood Bound, the story of four Indo-Canadians who travel to their homeland to make it big in Bollywood.
Other films in the series include Smashed on March 8, Ernest et Celestine and Holy Motors on March 9, Amour on March 11, Rust and Bone on March 14 and Robot and Frank on March 16.
For more information on the festival, go online here.