What Walaa Wants

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    What Walaa Wants

    Directed by

    Canada, Denmark

    2018

    89 min

    • Arabic

    Documentary

    'Working in the security apparatus is great.' · 'And I’ll get a licensed gun. How else do you enforce authority?' · 'Once she goes through training, she’ll completely change her way of thinking.' Having grown up in a refugee camp while her mother was incarcerated in an Israeli prison, Walaa doesn’t want to marry young and start having children, nor is she much interested in school. She’d rather be a police officer, with the Palestinian National Authority, the body governing the Palestinian territories. The documentary follows this defiant and resilient young woman over the course of over five years, from age 15 to 21. The film gives an intimate look at the rebellious girl fighting at times, uncontrollably but tenaciously for her dream.

    Awards

    • DGC Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature Documentary - Hot Docs

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Christy Garland
    Hanna Abu Saada
    Editing
    Michael Aaglund
    Graeme Ring
    Music
    Tom Third
    Production
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    Press

    A classic coming-of-age story with a girl-power message.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Christy Garland

    Christy Garland

    Canada

    A director of award-winning documentaries and short films, she lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her films have been distributed worldwide and are characterised by ingenious dramatic structures, gripping character development and universally felt themes. THE BASTARDS SINGS THE SWEETEST SONGS was compared by the press to the work of Robert Bresson and the Dardenne brothers.

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