WORLD PREMIERE: BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WORLD PREMIERE: BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL 2018

What Walaa Wants 

Raised in a refugee camp while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to survive bootcamp to become one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Forces - a big challenge for a girl who breaks all the rules.

  • Director: Christy Garland
  • Producers
  • Anne Köhncke - FINAL CUT FOR REAL, DENMARK
    Matt Code - Wildling Pictures - CANADA
    Christy Garland - MURMUR MEDIA, CANADA
    National Film Board of Canada - Justine Pimlott
  • Production Co-ordinator: Ekram Zubaydi

  • Supported by:
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Danish Film Institute
  • Danish Foreign Ministry / DANIDA
  • Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund (AOL Charitable Foundation Award)
  • Ontario Creates Film Fund

  • Produced in association with:
  • DR
  • UR
  • Executive Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Anita Lee, Iambic Dream Films and Penny Charter
 
Documentaries for children and young viewers are rare in Germany but completely normal – and often masterworks of the genre - in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. And so it is no coincidence that the films CERES and WHAT WALAA WANTS were produced there. As in her earlier films Canadian director Christy Garland manages to develop an exciting plot in a documentary format. Hopefully, this longitudinal study will have a sequel.
— Junge Welt