What Walaa Wants


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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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…
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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…

Canadian filmmaker Christy Garland charts Walaa's growth over six years, capturing domestic spaces and the lives they nourish that is contrasted with the parade ground displays and eventual field training. This is about more than a career choice.

Oct 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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