What Will People Say

106+ min. In Norwegian & Urdu w/English subtitles. Kino Lorber. 2017. DVD UPC 738329234409. $29.95.
Inspired by her own experience, writer-director Iram Haq's (I Am Yours) second feature deals with a Norwegian-Pakistani teenager (Maria Mozhdah) whose strict father (Adil Hussain) forces her to live with relatives in Islamabad after catching her making out with a boyfriend. In the name of love, hateful things are done not just because of cultural tradition but to avoid embarrassment and accompanying shame. From arranged marriage to encouraged suicide, the ways of dealing with conventional sexual behavior prove wrenching to both sides of the generational divide.

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