movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri Jul 13


What Will People Say (Hvad vil folk sige)

Iram Haq writes and directs this drama about a Norwegian teenager (Maria Mozhdah) who is sent to live with relatives in Pakistan.

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Dark Money

Kimberly Reed directs and cowrites this documentary about campaign finance in the United States.

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The Devil’s Doorway

Aislinn Clarke directs and cowrites this historical horror movie about two (male) priests who investigate an apparent miracle that turns out to be the opposite.

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Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti

Sarah Kaminsky cowrites this historical drama about the painter Paul Gauguin. (male director)

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Eighth Grade [pictured]

Elsie Fisher stars in this dramedy about a tween just trying to survive her last week of middle school. (male writer-director)

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What Will People Say Movie Review

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What Will People Say Movie Review
What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si) Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Iram Haq Screenwriter: Iram Haq Cast: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha, Lalit Parimoo, Ekavali Khanna Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/26/18 Opens: July 13, 2018 It’s lucky that President Trump does not read movie subtitles […]

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Liff 2018 Special Review: What Will People Say

London 26 June – 8.30pm Barbican, 27 June – 6.30pm Picturehouse Central

Teenager Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life: at home, she speaks Urdu and follows her family’s rules; outside, she speaks Norwegian, wears a snapback and hoodie, plays basketball, hangs out with other teenagers, and has a Norwegian boyfriend. She manages to keep these two lives separate until one fateful night, when she sneaks her Norwegian boyfriend into her room, and her mortified father Mirza (Adil Hussain) finds them together. Her normally doting father reacts brutally, beating her boyfriend, and Nisha ends up in the care of Child Services. Her father meets with Nisha and a care worker, and insists that Nisha must marry her boyfriend, refusing to believe her that she’s never had sex with him, exploding with anger at what he thinks are her lies.

The news travels to the rest of the Pakistani expat community, with the
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Film Review: What Will People Say by Iram Haq

Under the brooding warmth of the secular sun, the state of the human experience is in constant flux. It is an age of traditional perversion: an age where moral codes are subverted for hedonistic voyages of pleasure; an age where national identities become twisted in a battle for a homogenous cultural society, defending the antiquated borders of the nation-state from the outside. To be young here is to relish in this pursuit of pleasure and to seldom worry about the repercussion of our actions – within reason we are entitled to make our own decisions and to do as we please. Those we look up to encourage us to pursue our dreams and mould our lives any way we so wish. For Nisha, who is bound to a heritage culture which neither approves nor even welcomes the lifestyles of their host, the corruptible indulgence of an adolescence submerged in alcohol, club music,
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London Indian Film Festival 2018 Review: What Will People Say Takes A Hard Look At A Clash Of Cultures

Director Iram Haq's What Will People Say is a powerful experience that has the potential to ruffle feathers on each side of the argument regarding the responsibilities of immigrants to assimilate into their adopted cultures. An Norwegian-Pakistani woman, here Haq tells the story of a Pakistani family living in Norway, the elders holding on tightly to their Muslim identities and the baggage that comes along with it, while the young ones who've been raised in the more liberal Norwegian culture struggle to balance the expectations of their parents with the world they navigate from day-to-day. In the center of the hubbub is teenage Nisha, played with remarkable aplomb by Maria Mozhdah, a high school girl who is on the verge of leaving her family home...

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Official Us Trailer for Iram Haq's Acclaimed Film 'What Will People Say'

"I only want what's best for you." Kino Lorber has debuted their trailer for a highly acclaimed indie drama titled What Will People Say, which we already featured last year once before. This autobiographical film is directed by filmmaker Iram Haq, a young Pakistani actress/filmmaker who grew up in Oslo. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Nisha, played by newcomer Maria Mozhdah, a girl living in Oslo who obeys her family's strict Pakistani traditions at home but lives a modern lifestyle with her friends. When she is caught with a white boyfriend, her father sends her to live in Pakistan with relatives. The cast includes Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, and Sheeba Chaddha. This is the same trailer as the previous one with a few new quotes - more of a reminder this film will be released in July in Us cinemas. Here's the new
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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh
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