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St. Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees For Awfj Eda Awards

The St. Louis International Film Festival has announced the films nominated for the Awfj Eda Awards.

Awfj will partner once again with Sliff to recognize the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary. The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 5-15, 2015. Check out the full lineup here.

Here’s a glimpse of the films that have been selected:

Narratives

Fidelio: Alice’S Odyssey – Lucie Borleteau (France)

A rare woman in the man’s world of seafaring, 30-year-old Alice signs on as a replacement engineer on the freighter Fidélio. Although she loves her job and does it well, Alice remains a woman even when wearing greasy blue overalls, and there’s some doubt that the all-male crew will remain totally insensitive to her charms. The situation has further complications: Alice has a fiancé back on shore, but when she discovers that the Fidélio is captained by Gaël,
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London Asian Film Festival 2015 begins tomorrow!

Dukhtar, Margarita With A Straw and Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain among outstanding schedule of independent South Asian films to be screened as part of 17th annual Laff.

Organizers have announced the full roster of films and special events for this year’s London Asian Film Festival (Laff) – Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema.

The Festival takes place across London from 19 March to 28 March and features a string of exciting and acclaimed independent feature films, master classes, special screenings, debates and the Festival’s celebrated short films competition.

This year’s Festival highlights include critically acclaimed films such as Margarita With A Straw, Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain, Dukhtar, Rang Rasiya, The World Before Her and Haider.

The 17th edition London Asian Film Festival is once again organized by Tongues on Fire, which has built an unparalleled reputation for promoting independent cinema as well as providing a showcase for female filmmakers.
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Nisha Pahuja on why she couldn’t have guessed the response to “The World Before Her”

Nisha Pahuja on why she couldn’t have guessed the response to “The World Before Her”
Nisha Pahuja

A few days ago, on my way back to the suburbs from South Mumbai, I witnessed the worst pollution I’ve seen in India. Just below the Bandra flyover some work had shrouded the area in a dense, chemical fog. Shadowy people emerged ghost-like, cars were swallowed whole and the moment was as beautiful as it was haunting.

I asked my driver to let me out. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, all I had was my iphone and not much in the way of skill — but there was something about that scene I wanted to capture and so I sat on a ledge and waited.

The fumes were oppressive and the heat stifling; but both my mind and body were alert and filled with the hope of witnessing and capturing some kind of a transcendent moment. That moment never came. Or if it did,
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Emmy nomination for “The World Before Her”

Emmy nomination for “The World Before Her”
Documentary The World Before Her, directed by Nisha Pahuja, earned the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) an Emmy nomination in Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story category.

The nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, known as the Academy awards of American television, were announced on Tuesday. The awards will be presented on September 30, 2014.

The World Before Her, which had a successful run in major cities of India starting June 6, is scheduled for release in Chandigarh on July 18.

The documentary shifts between the worlds of the Miss India pageant and a Hindu fundamentalist camp for girls. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—her ticket to stardom. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is a young, militant leader at a camp for girls run by the Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the Vhp. Here she
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Review: Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her

Review: Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her
Documentary film, more than any other film form, is beset with social responsibility. Once it was a tool of power, but it has long spoken truth to that power. For the films that do rise to the task, there is a burden on the viewers to ignite the conversation. At least. Without that, a documentary film is a tree falling in the forest.

Nisha Pahuja’s film, The World Before Her, is that rare intervention in the contemporary moment that does not end when the credits roll. It leaves much on your shoulders. As a simple juxtaposition of two narratives of India, it is a fine technical, formal achievement. There is Prachi Trivedi, a leader in the camp organized by Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. She has been spending a week a year as a trainer for most of her grown up life. Entirely
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Modi’s win has emboldened Right wing groups : The World Before Her director Nisha Pahuja

Modi’s win has emboldened Right wing groups : The World Before Her director Nisha Pahuja
The World Before Her, which is slated for a June 6 release in India, has not only won accolades at major film festivals but also had a successful run in theatres in North-America. Being touted as “the most important film of the year” in India, it brings us the story of Miss India pageant contestants on one hand, and participants of Hindu right wing women’s organization, Durga Vahini Camps, on the other.

Shazia Javed does an in-depth interview with the film’s director Nisha Pahuja:

It is still rare for a documentary film to get a theatrical release in India. Was it challenging to bring your film to Indian theatres?

It has taken me well over a year to create enough interest and momentum for a theatrical release, to get it organized, and to ensure that it’s successful. A lot of documentaries that are released in India just come and go.
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“The World Before Her” to release in India on June 6

“The World Before Her” to release in India on June 6
Nisha Pahuja’s award-winning documentary The World Before Her is releasing in India on June 6 through PVR Director’s Rare in eight cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. The film is being presented by Anurag Kashyap.

The film received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 where it won the Best Documentary Award. Since then, the film has screened at more than 125 International film festivals and won 19 awards.

The filmmaker recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to bring the film to the Indian audiences. The campaign raised Rs. 31 lakhs on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

The World Before Her shifts between the worlds of the Miss India pageant and a Hindu fundamentalist camp for girls. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—her ticket to stardom. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is a young, militant
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“The World Before Her” raises Inr 31 lakhs through crowdfunding

“The World Before Her” raises Inr 31 lakhs through crowdfunding
The Kickstarter campaign for Nisha Pahuja’s award-winning documentary, The World Before Her, ended successfully on Sunday, surpassing its goal of 50,000 Canadian dollars. The documentary raised a total of 57,290 Canadian dollars (approx. Inr 31 lakhs) with the support of 382 backers from all over the world.

The money will be used for the India campaign to screen the film across the country and raise awareness on women’s rights issues. Being presented by Anurag Kashyap, the film will be screened in schools, universities, villages, NGOs and online.

Pahuja said, “I am thrilled that we reached our target. Only 44% of Kickstarter projects are successful and most of those are under the 10k level. Our success is a testament to people’s belief in what we are doing and a desire to stand up for women’s rights.”

“What was fascinating about our campaign is that a lot of support for our page came
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“The World Before Her” raising funds to reach out to Indian audiences

“The World Before Her” raising funds to reach out to Indian audiences
Nisha Pahuja’s award-winning documentary The World Before Her will release in India on April 25, 2014. The film will hit the screens in 6 cities – Bombay, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bangalore – through PVR Director’s Rare.

Prior to the release, the filmmaker has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to be able to screen the film across India through other channels besides theatrical release. Starting March, Pahuja intends to screen the documentary in schools, universities, villages, NGOs and online in the next six months.

With 38 days to go, the campaign has already raised Cad $ 4873 from 23 supporters. To contribute to The World Before Her, click here.

The award winning documentary which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 has been screened in more than 125 film festivals across the world. Read our interview with Nisha Pahuja here.

It won over 19 awards including best documentary feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2012, best Canadian Feature at Hot
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India, Canada sign co-pro treaty

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India and Canada have signed a co-production agreement, wrapping up talks that have been on-going since 2010.

The agreement was signed in New Delhi by India’s Information & Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, and Canada’s High Commissioner to India, Stuart Beck, during the visit of Canada’s Governor General David Johnston to India.

Co-productions made under the agreement will have access to Canadian subsidies and tax breaks and also be eligible for India’s National Film Awards and the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (Iffi). India also has some government assistance available to filmmakers.

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting also said that the treaty could lead to more Canadian films shooting in India. “The agreement will also lead to the transparent funding of film production and will boost export of Indian films into the Canadian market,” the I&B Ministry said in a statement.

India already has co-production treaties with the UK
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India, Canada sign co-production treaty

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India and Canada have signed a co-production agreement, wrapping up talks that have been on-going since 2010.

The agreement was signed in New Delhi by India’s Information & Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, and Canada’s High Commissioner to India, Stuart Beck, during the visit of Canada’s Governor General David Johnston to India.

Co-productions made under the agreement will have access to Canadian subsidies and tax breaks and also be eligible for India’s National Film Awards and the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (Iffi). India also has some government assistance available to filmmakers.

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting also said that the treaty could lead to more Canadian films shooting in India. “The agreement will also lead to the transparent funding of film production and will boost export of Indian films into the Canadian market,” the I&B Ministry said in a statement.

India already has co-production treaties with the UK
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Amid Racist Reactions to New Miss America, PBS Doc ‘The World Before Her’ Examines Pageants and Politics in India (Trailer)

Amid Racist Reactions to New Miss America, PBS Doc ‘The World Before Her’ Examines Pageants and Politics in India (Trailer)
Last night, when Nina Davuluri became the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America, Twitter erupted in hateful commentary. Hideous monikers -- “Miss Arab,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” “Miss 7-11” -- and ugly rhetoric proliferated. “This is America,” some wrote, as if by way of explanation. But in Nisha Pahuja’s brilliant documentary “The World Before Her,” airing September 16 on PBS, the controversial politics of pageantry transcend borders, including those of India itself. The film is, at first glance, a tale of two roads diverged in the uncertain woods of the modern subcontinent. Twenty young women arrive in Mumbai to compete for the lucrative title of Miss India, submitting to a rigorous, month-long beauty boot camp. Pahuja depicts Botox injections and skin whitening procedures, material obsessions and Bollywood dreams: a discomfiting portrait of the “independence” and “respect” the camp’s diction coach claims the pageant ensures. “It’s a manufacturing unit,” she says.
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Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Announces Winners Including ’12 Years A Slave’

Tiff 2013 is coming to an end, and selected films have been announced as winners of several prestigious awards with a large number of the awards bring the People’s Choice, so happily not relying on a jury to decide. Tiff has previously been a good indicator for film festival favourites and award winners, so interesting news ahead!

This year Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and McQueen favourite Michael Fassbender was awarded the People’s Choice Award. Here’s an extract from the official Tiff press release, take a look to find all the winners so far:

Youtube Award For Best Canadian Short Film The winner of the YouTube Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg for Noah. The jury, comprised of writer Rafael Katigbak, writer, director Nathan Morlando and documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja, remarked: “This film is a commentary on the ephemeral,
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Tiff 2013: 12 Years A Slave Wins People’s Choice Award; Midnight Madness Award Goes to Why Don’T You Play In Hell?

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is in the books, and earlier today, Tiff announced this year's award winners. The biggest award, the People's Choice Award, went to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. The People's Choice Award is a biggie in the overall awards race since four of the past five winners have gone on to be nominated for Best Picture (Slumdog Millionaire, Precious, The King's Speech, and Silver Linings Playbook). While 12 Years a Slave will be sure to dominate awards talk, I hope that people remember that this is a great movie regardless. It's a movie that may appeal to Oscar voters, but it's not Oscar bait. Click here to read my review. The film opens on October 18th. The other People's Choice Award is in the Midnight Madness lineup, and that went to Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell, and now I'm pretty bummed that I missed that one.
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13th Psbt Open Frame Festival from Sept 11

The 13th edition of the Open Frame festival organised by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (Psbt) will be held from September 11 – 21, 2013. The event focuses on the documentaries made by women, on women. The festival aims to inspire, encourage and bring about awareness on women’s issues through discussions and conversations between the audiences and the filmmakers. The festival will be held at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

For more details see here.

The festival is divided in two parts: a) Film screening and discussions, b) Workshops

Workshops:

Film Appreciation Workshops: Film Appreciation by Prof. Suresh and Documentary Film Appreciation by Prof. Ajit Duara

Intensive Filmmaking Workshops: Aesthetics For Non-Fiction Filmmaking by Prof. Ajit Duara, Essentials Of Documentary Filmmaking by Rajiv Mehrotra and Aspects Of Documentary – Facts And Fictions by Sameera Jain

List of films:

13 September, Friday

10:00 Am – Beyond Women’s Stereotypes

Director: Bindu Nair / India / 2004

10:45 Am – The Grey Area
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Canadian Films, Short Cuts Canada, Pitch This! finalists, Producer and Talent Labs, and Rising Stars all take place at Tiff 2013

Several world premieres for Canadian features will be occurring at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, from the likes of Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman (Asphalt Watches), Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires (Triptych), Bruce Sweeny (The Dick Knost Show), and Bruce McDonald (The Husband). Getting the special presentation treatment will be Denis Villenueve (Enemy) while North American premieres will be given to Xavier Dolan (Tom At The Farm), Bruce Labruce (Gerontophilia), and Richie Mehta (Siddharth).

“The scope of this year’s feature films is as broad as Canada’s filmmaking community and demonstrates the deep versatility of our filmmakers,” stated Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Tiff. “From clever, biting satire to intimate social commentary, powerful dramas and even a truly magical comedy, the settings and themes vary, but the perspectives are always uniquely Canadian.”

Handing out the City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best
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Complete list of films: 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

10th Indian film festival Stuttgart has announced its selection. The festival will take place from July 17 to 21 in the German city of Stuttgart.

Here is the complete list of films to be screened at the festival:-

Ashok Rane’s doucmentay Being with Apu

Blood Brothers by Steve Hoover

Dancing Colours by Stuttgart Media University students

Liv & Ingmar by Dheeraj Akolkar

Much Ado about Knotting by Geetika Narang Abbasi and Anandana Kapur

No Problem! 6 Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas by Yasmin Kidwai

Powerless by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar

Resonance of Mother’s Melody by Dip Bhuyan

Salma by Kim Longinotto

The Human Factor by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee

The World Before her by Nisha Pahuja

Bombay Talkies by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar

Shahid by Hansal Mehta

Chokher Bali by Rituparno Ghosh

Bawdi – The Well by Viver Soni

Paroksh by Kuldip Patel

Thaambadhyam by Yugandhara Muthukrishnan

Umbartha by
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World Before Her, The | Review - Docurama Festival 2013

You might assume that the "her" in the title of Nisha Pahuja's documentary refers to the female subjects, but it could also refer to the country of India. The World Before Her presents us with an Indian nation that is at a crossroads, stuck with the decision to either follow the path of the ever-expanding western world and modernize or remain firmly grounded in its traditional ways. It is the classic dilemma of choosing between the old world and the new world. Most of the world had presumably already chosen their path before India got to this point, but now the young people of India are trying to force their country to make a decision. Pahuja's film looks at two opposing extremes of this debate: Miss India contestants and Durga Vahini students. The Miss India contestants crave a modernized India in which women can achieve financial independence from the male-dominated society.
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The Horrors of India's Beauty Pageants in The World Before Her

The Horrors of India's Beauty Pageants in The World Before Her
After watching the young beauties competing for the title of Miss India suffer Botox injections, skin-whitening cleanses, and the shouts of a choreographer who demands they "now try not to sound like elephants," Western viewers of Nisha Pahuja's vital, unsettling doc The World Before Her aren't likely to be ready to see pageant queens as progressive idealists. But Pahuja contrasts these fussed-over ingenues with the education other young women face in a camp run by Hindu nationalists: "Is it really necessary to leave your homes just for your egos and go chasing a career?" they're asked. "Can you really hide your natural weakness of character?" That makes the pageant stuff easier to take—especially later, when a contestant is asked on a TV broadcast what she would do if she ...
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“Powerless” to compete at Tribeca Film Festival 2013

“Powerless” to compete at Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Still from Powerless

Powerless directed by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar will compete in the World Documentary Competition at Tribeca Film Festival 2013. The festival will run from April 17 – 28, 2013.

The 12 competing films will vie for the Heineken Audience Award, Best New Director, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short and the Best Editing awards in ‘World Documentary Competition’ section.

Powerless traces the city of Kanpur that has 15-hour power cuts. Hundreds of people steal electricity, amidst high risks, to meet their needs. The real trouble starts with the entry of the first female chief of the electricity company who vows to wipe out all illegal connections. The film received a grant from Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund in 2012 and was screened in Berlinale Forum 2013.

Last year, Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her won the Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca.

Besides, Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (India, Pakistan,
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