Christy Garland
What Walaa Wants
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What Walaa Wants

Christy Garland

What Walaa Wants

Walaa, a teenage girl raised in a refugee camp, decides to become one of the few female police officers of the Palestinian security forces.

2018
86 min.
Canada and Denmark
Arabic
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Projeccions

Christy Garland
What Walaa Wants
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Show
Direction
Christy Garland
Executive Production
Signe Byrge Sørensen, Anita Lee, Waël Kabbani, Penny Charter
Sound
Peter Schultz
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Anne Köhncke, Matt Code, Christy Garland, Justine Pimlott
Edition
Michael Aaglund, Graeme Ring
Music
Tom Third
Synopsis

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.

About the direction
Christy Garland

Christy Garland

Director

Christy Garland has directed award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2019
DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama Section
Edició 2019
2019
Docs del Mes · November
Edició 2019

Awards and festivals

Best Documentary · Hot Docs
Canada, 2018
Margaret Mead Filmmaker · Margaret Mead Film Festival
United States, 2018
Edinburgh Film Festival
Scotland, 2018
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Reviews

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
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