What Will People Say

Brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead.

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What Will People Say

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).

"An assured piece of storytelling made all the more gripping by the knowledge that it is autobiographical." – Allan Hunter, Screen International

"A brilliant, nuanced movie about female oppression." – Now Magazine

"The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead." – Alissa Simon, Variety
Genre
Drama, Women and Film
Runtime
106
Language
Norwegian, Urdu
Director
Iram Haq
Writer(s)
Iram Haq
Cast
Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain
FEATURED REVIEW
Kate Taylor, Globe & Mail

This deftly handled Norwegian drama charts cross-cultural territory that will feel very familiar to Canadians: Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) is a regular Scandinavian teen who breaks curfew and invites her new crush up to her bedroom; her parents are immigrants from Pakistan who are horrified when they ...

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