Czech premiere

What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants

Christy Garland
Canada, Denmark | 2018 | 89 min.

Language: Arabic
Filmy jsou promítány v českém znění
nebo s českými titulky

Category: Panorama

Walaa grew up in Balata, a refugee camp in the West Bank, raised by relatives as her mother was in an Israeli prison. Walaa decides to battle against adverse fate in an unusual way: she wants to be a police officer.

For 5 years Christy Garland filmed a young woman who was dealt a bad hand at the start – born in a Palestinian refugee camp, abandoned by her father and with her mother in prison until Walaa was 15. It’s no surprise that she grew up to be a rebel with a complicated relationship with the authorities. Nonetheless, or maybe because of this, she decided to join the Palestinian Civil Police Force. She learned to respect rules, to endure extreme physical hardship and, most importantly, to fight for her ideals. The film not only provides a unique testimony about a unique heroine – a young Palestinian feminist – but also shows how the Palestinian “police academy” functions in all shades of its rigour.

Director

Christy Garland

Festival guest on days
Mar 11 - Mar 14, 2019

Filmography
2018 - What Walaa Wants
2016 - Cheer Up
2012 - The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song
2008 - Doormat
2001 - Dual Citizen
1997 - Blind Spot

Projection

08. 03. 22:15 Evald Czech premiere Tickets
11. 03. 20:30 Kino 35 Discussion Tickets
12. 03. 17:30 Atlas - Large Hall Discussion Tickets

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What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants

Walaa grew up in Balata, a refugee camp in the West Bank, raised by relatives as her mother was in an Israeli prison. Walaa decides to battle against adverse fate in an unusual way: she wants to be a police officer.