South Asian Film Festival
What Will People Say
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Sixteen-year-old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a regular 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, Nisha’s parents send her to live with extended family in a small town in Pakistan. 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 the Audience Award at AFI Fest, 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).
Norway/Germany/Sweden, 2018, 106 min, Directed by Iram Haq, Not Rated, In Norwegian and Urdu with English subtitles
“A brilliant, nuanced movie about female oppression. Adil Hussain is riveting.”– Susan G. Cole, NOW TORONTO
“The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah.”– Alissa Simon, VARIETY