Norway | 2017 | 106 min | Urdu, Norwegian
16-year- old Nisha lives in Oslo, Norway, with her strict Pakistani family. At home, she plays the dutiful daughter, showing respect and obedience to her parents. Outside, she is a typical teenager, keen to explore and experiment with her peers. When Nisha is caught with a boy in her bedroom, her father Mirza assumes the worst and forces her to move to Islamabad, to stay with relatives and prepare for a life of domestic duty and motherhood. A prisoner in a totally alien country, her ordeal actually transpires to have both good and bad sides—from the love of family, the bustling life of the local markets and the simple pleasures of flying kites, to the vicious acts of corrupt policemen and an uncle who burns her passport before her eyes. A complex character, Nisha runs the emotional gamut from despair to defiance and maintains a spark of determination throughout all that befalls her.
Actor, screenwriter and director Iram Haq was born in 1976 and studied art direction at Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo. She wrote and starred in the short Old Faithful (2004) and also appeared in the feature Import-Export (2005). Her debut as a feature director came with I Am Yours (2013). “When I was 14 years old,” says Iram, “I was kidnapped by my parents and forced to live for one and a half years in Pakistan. I have waited until I felt ready as a filmmaker and as a person to be able to tell this story in a wise and sensible way—without making the girl just a victim and her parents merely her perpetrators. I wanted to tell an impossible love story between parents and their child—one that cannot have a happy ending as long as the gap between these two cultures remains so wide.”