Walaa, a teenage girl raised in a refugee camp, decides to become one of the few female police officers of the Palestinian security forces. Resignation is not part of her vocabulary, but it is not easy for a girl to break all the rules.
Walaa’s story is marked by survival instinct, overcoming numerous obstacles and learning. An intimate portrait that brings us closer to the life of a girl from the age of 15 to 21 who’s willing to get to the end, and is brave enough to question the establishment and the structures of both her environment and the world in general.
It's a nuanced look at what it means to be young in Palestine, one that reveals how certain truths (namely that of youthful rebellion) are universal.— Kathleen Sachs · Chicago Reader
What Canadian filmmaker Christy Garland does is let this true-life story unfold in a naturalistic way, refusing to take sides in the ongoing and intractable Middle East conflict.— Bruce DeMara · Toronto Star
Walaa's brio, and the sense of intimacy Garland achieves, gives the film an appealing directness.— Jay Weissberg · Variety