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What Will People Say

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Fearing assimilation, Nisha’s parents send her to live in Pakistan.

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Norway-Germany-Sweden-France-Denmark 2017
Dir Iram Haq
With Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna
106min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

In Norway 16-year-old Nisha is kidnapped and taken to Pakistan by her parents after they catch her in bed with a boy. Based on the director’s own experience, this film (Norway’s entry to the 2019 Academy Awards) looks at the conflicts between home and public assimilation, and the actions brought about when you place more importance on the perceptions of a girl’s lived experience than on the facts.

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