What will people say

OTTAWA PREMIERE

NORWAY/GERMANY/SWEDEN 2017 • 106 MIN • DRAMA NORWEGIAN/URDU, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Iram Haq | scr.: Iram Haq | cin.:Nadim Carlsen | ed.: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud | art dir.:Ann Kristin Talleraas, Vintee Bansal| snd: Tormod Ringnes | mus.: Martin Pedersen, Lorenz Dange | cast: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha,Lalit Parimoo | prod.: Maria Ekerhovd

IRAM HAQ

“THURSDAY, JUNE 13
7:40 PM”
“SCREEN”
“B”

“Sixteen‑year‑old Nisha 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 catches her alone with her boyfriend, 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. After returning to her family in Norway, Nisha faces another crossroad as her parents continue to plan for her future and the hope of repairing their collective honour.
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 Maria Mozhdah and a nuanced
performance by veteran actor Adil Hussain (Life of Pi).”