TRA­DI­TIONAL VAL­UES IN A LIB­ERAL NA­TION

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

Caught be­tween two soli­tudes — the tra­di­tion of the old coun­try and lib­eral val­ues of the West — young girls from im­mi­grant groups face the pres­sure of per­form­ing a bal­anc­ing act be­tween their fam­i­lies and their as­pi­ra­tions.

Their par­ents, mean­while, face so­cial cen­sure if their daugh­ters rebel. Or, as the ti­tle of the Nor­we­gian film puts it, What Will Peo­ple Say.

Di­rec­tor Iram Haq, who is of Pak­istani ori­gin, puts to­gether an in­tense nar­ra­tive of just that strug­gle, be­tween a teenaged girl and her fa­ther af­ter he dis­cov­ers her mak­ing out with a Nor­we­gian boy. She is lit­er­ally bun­dled off, kick­ing and protest­ing, to her rel­a­tives in a small town in Pak­istan, where her pass­port is burned and she is held pris­oner. Haq ex­plores the is­sue of “so­cial con­trol” in these cul­ture clashes. HTC

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