What Will People Say: Recommended!

 

Today I saw What Will People Say at the Scandinavian Film Festival in Sydney. It’s based on Pakistani-Norwegian director Iram Haq’s own story of being kidnapped by her family and sent back to Pakistan.

In the film, Oslo teenager Nisha sneaks her boyfriend into her room for what looks like some innocent snogging and her father busts them and gets violent. After some back and forth with social services Nisha, is basically lured out of protective custody by a phone call from her mother. Her father then drags her off to Pakistan and dumps her with his sister in Rawalpindi.

Of course, life gets horrifically worse in Pakistan … and it stays bad even after she’s brought back to Norway.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s a couple of reviews.

And some interviews with the director.

It was very interesting to watch with my mother — a lot of the attitudes felt really close to the bone, we both flinched in anticipation at the same time during the film.

It’s a multidimensional film about immigrants, women’s (lack of) rights in traditional Muslim (South Asian) societies and — depressingly — the role women play in policing other women. (It’s also a ripper of a story.)

If you’re interested in the subject — and in what the actual people involved have to say about it — you’ll find it worth your while.

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  1. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey
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    OK, Z, let’s see. But since it’s 2:53 here, I’ll see later today. Thanks for another rare catch. 

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  2. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
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    Thanks for posting this, with so many interesting links. I’ll be on the look out for it.

    Peace!

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  3. Randal H Member
    Randal H
    @RandalH

    Thanks. Hopefully it comes to one of the streaming services.

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  4. Nanda Pajama-Tantrum Member
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    Z, thank you…It dovetails with the ongoing thread well.  I’ll flinch, too, but will watch when it’s streamed.

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  5. Petty Inactive
    Petty
    @PettyBoozswha

    Yes please add a comment to this thread when you see it streamed by Netflix or Amazon, if possible.

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  6. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Petty (View Comment):

    Yes please add a comment to this thread when you see it streamed by Netflix or Amazon, if possible.

    No, better, please create a new post when this is being streamed by Netflix or Amazon!

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  7. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
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    Zafar, one unexpected benefit for me from this post was the link to new newspapers, especially the Hindu.com site. That will be a new part of my weekly rounds.

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