What Will People Say

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Norway | 2017 | 106 minutes | Iram Haq

Caught between her immigrant family's strict adherence to Pakistani tradition and the hedonistic allure of teenage life in Oslo, 16-year-old Nisha is eventually caught living this double life by her family. Facing ostracism from fellow migrants, her parents take drastic measures to curtail her embrace of perceived Western vices.

What Will People Say is a poignant film that follows the trials and tribulations of young Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) as she struggles to embrace her Pakistani heritage while forging a meaningful life of her own. Nisha leads a double life: At home, she is an obedient, upright, and dutiful daughter of traditional Pakistani émigré parents; outside of the home, she is a carefree, happy Norwegian teen who enjoys spending time with her friends and attending late-night parties. When Nisha's secret life is discovered, Nisha's father, Mirza (Adil Hussain), is devastated. Pressured by his wife and the surrounding Pakistani community, Mirza decides that the only way to protect his daughter from further influences of Western values is to teach Nisha about her heritage - which means sending her to live in Islamabad, Pakistan with her aunt. Homesickness, cultural shock, and personal vendettas nearly break Nisha until she meets her cousin, Amir (Rohit Saraf), who offers her the gift of love and friendship she truly needs. An empathic story that focuses on culture, family, and community, What Will People Say  is Iram Haq's second film after I Am Yours, continuing her trend of examining social pressure on women and the community. Heartrending and deep, What Will People Say  is a film that will be sure to move audiences.

Director Biography
Iram Haq finds a great deal of inspiration for her work within her own personal experience. She astutely taps into emotions of shame, loneliness, love and identity by mirroring her own tale of being kidnapped by her parents and taken to Pakistan against her will in What Will People Say , the most personal of the three films she has directed in the last decade.

Sponsored by First Sight Productions

  • Original Language Title: Hva vil folk si
  • Director: Iram Haq
  • Principal Cast: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ekavali Khanna, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Norway, Germany, Sweden
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Producer: Maria Ekerhovd, Karsten Stöter, Madeleine Ekman
  • Screenplay: Iram Haq
  • Cinematographers: Nadim Carlsen
  • Editors: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Osterud
  • Music: Lorenz Dangel, Martin Pedersen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Goteborg International Film Festival 2018 (Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film)
  • Filmography: I Am Yours (2013)
  • Language: Norwegian, Urdu
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber