The World Before Her is in competition under the International Documentary Film / Competition section. The film draws parallels between two factions of women. One is a group of twenty young women from India competing in a beauty pageant and the other a group belonging to the Hindu fundamentalist movement. The Indo-Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja captures their similarities and their differences over coverage of several months. The film was also in competition at the 11th Tribeca Film Festival 2012 and won the Best Canadian Feature award at HotDocs 2012.
Gattu by Rajan Ghosa will be a part of the special screenings. The film narrates the story of Gattu, whose sole passion in life is flying kites. His goal in life is to defeat ‘Kali’ a puzzling black dragon kite. Gattu won the Best Film award at New York Indian Film Festival 2012, a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury at Berlin Film Festival 2012 and was the only India film to participate in Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012.