What Will People Say

by Iram Haq

An emotional and topical story about love, social control and a young girl finding her own way between Norway and Pakistan.

Fifteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home in Oslo, she obeys the traditions and values of Pakistani family life, but outside with her friends she is just like any other Norwegian teenager. One day, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide when her father catches her in bed with her white, Norwegian boyfriend.Nisha is kidnapped by her parents and sent to live in Pakistan. At first, Nisha feels alone and afraid in the strange, new land, but then slowly, she starts to discover her parents' culture in a new way.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / Norwegian, Urdu / 106 minutes
Original title
Hva vil filk si?
directed by
Iram Haq (I AM YOURS)
produced by
Mer Film in co-production with Rohfilm Factory and Zentropa Sweden
  • Maria Mozhdah
  • Adil Hussain (LIFE OF PI)
  • Nawabi Estanegzai

Press Quotes

“The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead.”

“Provocative, emotionally charged material is handled with a maturity and confidence that makes it accessible to a broad international audience.”

“An assured piece of storytelling made all the more gripping by the knowledge that it is autobiographical.”

“The smartly filmed drama is subtly emotional and surprising at every turn.”