Deepa Mehta Supports Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja at TFCA Awards

Nisha Pahuja


By Pat Mullen

Doc filmmaker Nisha Pahuja was among the winners at last night’s annual soirée hosted by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA). Pahuja, director of the acclaimed doc The World Before Her, received a major prize in post-production services from Technicolor thanks to the pay-it-forward accolade of the annual Clyde Gilmour Award. The filmmaker received the purse as she was selected by the previously announced winner of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, Deepa Mehta. The award was presented to Mehta by TIFF CEO Piers Handling at last night’s event where Mehta selected Pahuja as the filmmaker to foster.

Pahuja made her feature directorial debut with the 2003 doc Bollywood Bound. Her 2012 film The World Before Her examined the different social currents in India that shape the future for women across various classes, and drew international acclaim. (Read more about the film in our Hot Docs coverage.) It won the prize for Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs, Best Documentary Featuer at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it brought Pahuja a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Her next project, Send Us Your Brother, is Currently in development.

The TFCA also awarded Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence as the best documentary of 2015, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s The Forbidden Room reaped $100 000 worth of kudos by netting the prize for Best Canadian Film.