Nisha is, just like you and me, a young girl who likes to hang around with friends, fall in love, listen to the latest music on Spotify, and buy beer and cigarettes without their parents’ knowledge or approval. But she comes from a conservative Pakistani family that doesn’t want her to be careless and free. So, after the incident with a Norwegian guy in her room – and her father beating the shit out of him –, she’s sent to Pakistan so she can learn how to behave properly.
That’s exactly what happened to Iram, the filmmaker behind this moving film. She’s wanted to tell this story for a long time, but according to her, she “needed more courage”. So, as time went by and her relationship with her father got better after he got cancer, she’s gained confidence and a new point of view to understand both sides of the story. Now, with a wiser perspective, she’s dared to tell on screen one of the most traumatic experiences of her teenage years in hopes that it will open a conversation that will lead to a major change. Today, we talk with her about the importance of freedom and hope, discussing issues in order to solve or change them, family values, and the #MeToo movement.