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EVERY YEAR, a select group of young women undergo rigorous training as part of the controversial Miss India beauty pageant. Meanwhile, at the Durga Vahini camps, thousands of young women train with sticks and rifles to become “tigers” in defense of traditional Hindu values. This thoughtful, eye-opening documentary takes an unprecedented look inside both worlds, brilliantly dramatising the tensions between old and new India, and the struggles of Indian women to determine their own destiny.

In association with the High Commission of Canada and RBC Royal Bank.

About the director


The winner of the Best Documentary Feature Film Award at Tribeca Film Festival with The World Before Her, Pahuja spent four years making the film. Toronto-based Pahuja’s previous credits include the TVO doc Diamond Road and the National Film Board production Bollywood Bound.




Screening Times

Wed 19 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne, POS
Mon 01 Oct, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre