What Will People Say

Friday, July 13 - Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her conservative Pakistani family she is the perfect, compliant daughter. But when out with her friends, she is a typical Norwegian teenager – partying and exploring relationships. When her father discovers her deception, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide. Trapped between countries and perceptions of honor, Nisha is forced to find her own way in life. This gripping and powerfully acted drama from Norwegian-Pakistani filmmaker Iram Haq untangles the complex relationship between a father and daughter and presents an empathetic perspective on family, community, and culture.

“This film powerfully highlights some of the abuses Pakistani women and girls face, which include forced marriage, barriers to education, and violence, including in the name of family ‘honor,’ which all too frequently goes unpunished.”
– Heather Barr, Senior Researcher, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Official selection: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2017, Dubai Int’l Festival, AFI Fest – Winner for Audience Award, CPH PIX, Hamburg Film Festival, Bergen Int’l Film Festival, Mumbai Int’l Film Festival, Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam 2018, San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Göteburg Film Festival – Winner for Audience Award, Dublin Int’l Film Festival, Tromsø Int’l Film Festival


  • Country Norway/Germany/Sweden
  • Language Norwegian and Urdu with English subtitles
  • Year 2017
  • Running Time 107 minutes
  • Director Iram Haq
  • Writer Iram Haq
  • Editor Jesper Bækdal, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
  • Cinematographer Nadim Carlsen
  • Cast Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna

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