What Walaa Wants
What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants 15 S

Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2018


Please note: This was screened in Dec 2018

Christy Garland
Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji, Latifa Abu Draa, Mohammad Tanji
89 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Canada, Denmark
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This intimate documentary follows Walaa from aged 15 to 21, revealing her exuberant energy and is the first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy.

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 behaviour and a complicated relationship with her mother are challenges, as are the circumstances under which she lives.

This is the inspiring story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative stereotypes from her surroundings and the world at large.