What Walaa Wants

2018

What Walaa Wants

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Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of being a policewoman, wearing a uniform, avoiding marriage, and earning a salary. Despite discouragement from her family, even from her beloved brother Mohammed, Walaa applies - and gets in. But her own rebellious behavior and a complicated relationship with her mother are a challenge, as are the circumstances under which she lives. Following Walaa from 15 to 21, with an intimate POV and the exuberant energy of its subject, this first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy brings us the story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large

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  • 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.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film is ultimately a redemptive story, but one that's been finely crafted and plainly told.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Walaa's brio, and the sense of intimacy Garland achieves, gives the film an appealing directness ...

    Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
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  • Christy Garland's film about a woman who wants to join the Palestinian Security Forces is an observant, empathetic documentary.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • We don't learn a whole lot about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here, but other docs have covered that in spades. This one chooses a narrow focus, and delivers with crystal clarity.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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