Trailer for 'What Will People Say' About a Pakistani Girl Living in Oslo
"Won't you hug your papa?" An early trailer has debuted for an indie film titled What Will People Say, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month. This autobiographical film is directed by filmmaker Iram Haq, a young Pakistani actress/filmmaker who grew up in Oslo. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Nisha, played by newcomer Maria Mozhdah, a girl living in Oslo who obeys her family's strict Pakistani traditions at home but lives a modern lifestyle with her friends. When she is caught with a white boyfriend, her father sends her to live in Pakistan with relatives. The cast includes Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, and Sheeba Chaddha. This looks damn good. It's clear they're trying to build buzz before TIFF in hopes of bringing in audiences to see this during the festival. Definitely worth a look.
Here's the first official trailer for Iram Haq's What Will People Say, originally from Screen Daily:
Sixteen year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but when out with her friends, she is a normal Norwegian teenager. When her father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. To set an example, Nisha's parents decide to kidnap her and place her with relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a country she has never been to before, Nisha is forced to adapt to her parents' culture. What Will People Say is both written and directed by Norwegian-Pakistani filmmaker Iram Haq, her second film after the feature I Am Yours previously. This will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival coming up soon. The film is still looking for a US distributor. First impression?
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
Well, at least he didn't bury her in the back garden to save face.
Carpola on Aug 29, 2017
Frustrating and disgusting.
DAVIDPD on Aug 29, 2017
Looks like a rough and very relevant topic these days. Could imagine the filmmaker and all involved might be targets once this film comes out....
THE_RAW_ on Aug 29, 2017
It is a hard struggle for those people, for girls and women especially. In the West, the word emancipation my sound old fashioned to many, but not to this people. And no, it's not about the cultural differences. Simpy, it is about oppression ...
shiboleth on Aug 30, 2017
"When she is caught with a white boyfriend" Um, let me fix that for you. When she is caught with a making out with a boy in her room". Race has nothing to do with it. Especially in Pakistani culture, depending on how extreme the beliefs are, just being alone with another male who is not your immediate husband/brother is considered wrong and can result in you getting punished. This story is not uncommon within extremist Islamic families.
backwardsprogress on Sep 15, 2017
Noted. Thanks. I originally pulled this from the official plot description, which has since been changed.
Alex Billington on Sep 15, 2017
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