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What Will People Say

Iram Haq
Hva vil folk si
Norway, Germany, Sweden 2017 / 106’
Valley of Shadows

Nisha is an ordinary Norwegian teenager, at least after hours: at home, she has to observe the strict rules of her Pakistan-born parents. Although it might seem like she has already perfected the art of leading a double life, just one mistake-shaming her family-is enough for her to end up on a plane to Pakistan against her will. Well received by viewers around the world, Iram Haq's What Will People Say discusses dramatic events that, many years earlier, also happened to her: just like the protagonist-played by Maria Mozhdah in her on-screen debut-who is torn between incompatible worlds, she was abducted by her own parents at the age of 14 and taken out of the country by force. Instead of blaming them, Haq tries, in her most personal film, to take a closer look at a culture in which people live not for themselves but for others. And "what people will say" sometimes turns out to be more important than the happiness of one's loved ones.

Marta Bałaga


AFI Fest 2017 – Audience Award; Les Arcs European Film Festival 2017 – Audience Choice Prize, Femme de Cinéma Sisley/Les Arcs Prize, Young Jury Prize - Special Mention

Iram Haq

Born in 1976, Iram Haq is a Norwegian director, screenwriter and actress with Pakistani roots. She has a number of acting credits, including in the comedy Import-Export. She made her debut on the other side of the camera with the short film Little Miss Eyeflap, which was screened at the Sundance Festival. In 2013, her first full-length film, I Am Yours, was chosen as Norway's candidate for the Oscars. The partly autobiographical What Will People Say is her second film. It made its world premiere at the Toronto Festival.


2009 Panna z klapkami na oczach / Little Miss Eyeflap (short)

2013 Jestem twoja / I Am Yours

2017 What Will People Say / Hva vil folk si

Cast & Crew

director Iram Haq
screenplay Iram Haq
cinematography Nadim Carlsen
editing Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
music Martin Pedersen, Lorenz Dangel
cast Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ekavali Khanna, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha
producer Maria Ekerhovd, Karsten Stöter, Madeleine Ekman
production Mer Film, Rohfilm Factory, Zentropa International Sweden
sales Beta Cinema
language Norwegian, Urdu
colouration colour