What Walaa Wants

Direction
Year 
2018
Country
  • Canada 
  • Denmark 
Duration
89min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of becoming a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces (PSF). Despite discouragement from her family, even her beloved brother Mohammed, Walaa applies and gets in. But her own rebellious behaviour and complicated relationship with her mother are challenging, as are the circumstances under which she lives.

Following Walaa from 15-21, with an intimate POV, What Walaa Wants is the compelling story of a defiant young girl navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.

Details

  • Original title
    What Walaa Wants
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Christy Garland
  • Editing
    ichael Aaglund, Graeme Ring
  • Music
    Tom Third
  • Sound
    Peter Schultz
  • Duration
    89 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    • Canada
    • Denmark
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (2018)
    • Canadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2019)
    • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2018)
    • RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival, Montreal, Canada (2018)
    • Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia (2018)
    • IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
    • Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden (2018)
  • Awards
    • Special Jury Prize - Hot Docs
    • WIFTV Award for Artistic Merit - Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Hilal Best Feature Award - Ajyal Film Festival – Doha Film Institute, Qatar (2018)
    • Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award
    • Best Documentary Feature - Forest City Film Festival, London, Ontario, Canada

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