TRADITIONAL VALUES IN A LIBERAL NATION
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