240) The World Before Her (2012)
Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.
9/10 – A thought provoking and at times, shocking documentary examining the lack of options for women in India. It doesn’t look to mock or incite any particular reaction from either side of the argument, but simply provides a platform for both to explain why they do what they do and how they came to make those choices. I would have liked to have seen more from the parents with regards to the Miss India side, as it’s clear from the Hindu-Nationalist side that the parents have a huge stake in controlling the future of their children. Although, I understand that the lack of focus on the parents with the Miss India perspective is shown to display the independence of pursuing that particular path as opposed to being shackled to a marriage with the sole purpose to have male children.
Not much more to say on it, it leaves you fairly speechless afterwards and there are some abhorrent statistics in this documentary. It’s great that this has been made and will hopefully be one of many steps taken to raise awareness about the treatment of women within India.