Iram Haq’s WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY heading to Toronto

Norwegian director Iram Haq’s new feature film What Will People Say has been announced as having its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival each month.

Haq is known for her previous film, her debut I am Yours, which was also the Norwegian Oscar candidate in 2013. It also had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards at film festivals worldwide.

What Will People Say tells the story of sixteen-year-old Nisha who lives a double life. At home, she is a Pakistani daughter, but when out with friends she is an ordinary Norwegian teenager. When her father catches her with her boyfriend, the two worlds collide brutally. To set an example, the parents decide to kidnap Nisha and take her to live with her relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a country that she has never been to before, she must adapt to her parents’ culture.

Haq has previously stated that the story is semi based on her real experiences growing up.

What Will People Say is one of twelve films selected for the prestigious competition program Platform at Toronto. Last years winner was the Oscar winner Moonlight. The Platform section emphasises strong directors.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.