Iram Haq • 2017 • Norway
Teenage Nisha is sent to live in a small village 200 miles from Islamabad.
Sixteen year-old Nisha lives in Oslo. At home, she adheres to the conservative values of her Pakistani family; with her friends, Nisha is an average Norwegian teenager. When Nisha's father finds her alone with a boy one night, she is sent to live with her extended family in a small village, 200 miles from Islamabad.
A dynamic portrait of a young woman's journey to reconcile her dueling identities, What Will People Say navigates themes of heritage, family, honor, freedom, and gender expectations as mediated through vastly different cultural vantage points. Based on her own life experience, Iram Haq's second feature film premiered at AFI Fest, where it won the Audience Award, and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.
Interview with Iram Haq