With a new Emmy nomination to her name, you might say Nisha Pahuja has the world before her…
The World Before Her
Nisha Pahuja’s documentary The World Before Her – about two young Indian women pursuing very different paths – is being recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category: Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form. The 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honours programming distributed during the calendar year 2013. The nominees were announced earlier this week.
The World Before Her was screened at film festivals before being broadcast on PBS’s documentary series POV. It also available for streaming on Netflix (U.S.).
Pahuja was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Toronto. She co-wrote and directed Kensington Communications’ 2007 documentary Diamond Road, a three part series on the global diamond trade.
The World Before Her 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 India, 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. 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. Winner, World Documentary Competition Award, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).