// Presented as part of November's In Transit II Series //
Iram Haq / 2017, Toronto, AFI Fest, Bergen, Cleveland, CPH:PIX, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fribourg, Göteborg, Hamburg, Jeonju, Jerusalem, Mumbai, NYT Critics' Pick, Palm Springs, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Seattle, Tromsø, Trondheim / 106'
Sixteen year-old Nisha lives in Oslo. At home, she adheres to the conservative values of her Pakistani family, who have immigrated just one generation ago. With her friends, Nisha is an average Norwegian teenager, hanging out at basketball courts, sipping beer, and engaging in casual flirtations with a classmate, Daniel. When Nisha's father finds her alone with Daniel late one night, however, the door to one sphere of her life is abruptly shut—making an example of her for the sake of the community, Nisha 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; Göteborg, where it won a Special Mention; Fribourg, where it won the Audience Award; and Palm Springs, where it won the Youth Jury Award. What Will People Say is a New York Times Critics' Pick.