What Will People Say

Directed by Iram Haq

Year: 2018
Running Time: 106
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: Norway, Germany, Sweden
Language: Norwegian and Urdu with English Subtitles
Genres: Drama
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What Will People Say

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Maria Mozhdah
Adil Hussain

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Directed by Iram Haq


Sixteen-year-old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a normal Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father (Adil Hussain) catches her alone with her boyfriend in her room, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, her parents send Nisha against her will to a small town in Pakistan to live with extended family. There, in an unfamiliar country surrounded by people she barely knows, Nisha must adapt to a rigid culture that denies her the freedoms she once enjoyed. Winner of Audience Awards at AFI Fest and the Les Arcs European Film Festival, What Will People Say is a tense and moving drama about women’s rights, immigrant identity, and familial duties. Based on director Iram Haq’s own experiences as a young Pakistani woman in Norway, it features an astounding debut by 18-year-old Mozhdah and a nuanced performance by veteran actor Hussain (Life of Pi).

Reviews

"The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead."

"An assured piece of storytelling made all the more gripping by the knowledge that it is autobiographical."

"A brilliant, nuanced movie about female oppression."



Awards

  • Audience Award – AFI Fest

  • Audience Choice Prize – Les Arcs European Film Festival

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Venue City Date
IFC Center New York 1531454400July 13 - July 19, 2018
Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York 1529035200June 15 - June 16, 2018


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