What Walaa Wants

Director: Christy Garland
Release year: 2018
Length: 89 mins
Screened in partnership with Bertha Dochouse for International Women’s Day 2021
Meet Walaa, a young Palestinian woman who is determined to follow her dream. Young, wilful and headstrong, Walaa has set her sights on becoming one of the few women in the Palestinian Security Forces.
Following her from age 15 to 21, What Walaa Wants is a real life coming-of-age story capturing a brilliant young woman navigating formidable obstacles as she learns which rules to break and which to follow.

Walaa is a force… it is refreshing to see a film that portrays such a proud, resilient, young Palestinian woman. You will remember Walaa.” POV Magazine The screening was followed by a live online Q&A with the Director, hosted by Palestinian photographer, film-maker and human rights advocate Kholoud Al-Jarma