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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Christy Garland

  • Starring

    Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji, Latifa Abu Draa

  • Certificate

    15

  • Run Time

    90 mins

  • Release Year

    2018

  • Country of Origin

    Canada, Denmark

  • Language

    Arabic

  • Director of Photography: Christy Garland

  • Editor: Michael Aaglund, Graeme Ring

  • Produced by: Anne Köhncke, Matt Code, Christy Garland, Justine Pimlott

  • Music: Tom Third

  • Sound Production: Peter Schultz

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What Walaa Wants

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Growing up in the Balata refugee camp while her mother is incarcerated in an Israeli prison, 15-year-old Walaa is not like other girls. Headstrong and rebellious, she isn’t interested in finishing school or settling down with a husband. Instead, she’s determined to become one of the few women who serve with the Palestinian National Security Forces. Over five years, director Christy Garland (Cheer Up, EIFF 2016) creates a compelling and intimate coming-of-age portrait of Walaa who, despite challenging circumstances, remains fiercely committed to pursuing her dream.



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