Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

What Will People Say
(Hva vil folk si)

Year: 2018
Language: Norwegian, Urdu
Run Time: 106 minutes

What Will People Say
What Will People Say
What Will People Say
What Will People Say

Sixteen-year-old Nisha is caught between two worlds. As the daughter of a conservative Pakistani family, she wants to please her parents. And as a first-generation Norwegian teenager, she wants to fit in with her peers. When Nisha begins to experiment with drugs, alcohol, and romance—all things that are considered normal coming-of-age experiences in Norway—there are extreme consequences from her strict Muslim family. Against her will, Nisha is put on a one-way flight to Pakistan and thrown into a culture she knows nothing about. After rumors about Nisha spread through their community, her father risks ostracizing his daughter and tearing his family apart to save face. Cinematically stunning and emotionally powerful, WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY captures the complex, multifaceted issues that arise when cultures clash in the modern world. (In Norwegian and Urdu with subtitles) —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Nordic Adventures
Pan-Asian Cinema

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Iram Haq

Iram Haq is a Norwegian-Pakistani actress, screenwriter, and director. She studied art direction at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. Her first feature “I Am Yours” was selected as the official Oscar® entry from Norway for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.

I Am Yours (2013), WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (2017)

Maria Ekerhovd

Iram Haq

Nadim Carlsen

Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Osterund

Principal Cast
Maria Mozdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ekavali Khanna, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha, Lalit Parimoo

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