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.

What Walaa Wants has been named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Films in Canada 2018. Watch for the theatrical release across Canada in early 2019, including a week long run in Toronto’s Bell Lightbox in late winter.

What Walaa Wants has garnered 5 awards so far: Hot Docs Canadian Feature Special Jury Prize, Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award, Vancouver IFF WIFT-V Award for Artistic Merit, Forest City Film Festival Best Documentary , and the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Film Festival Hilal Best Feature Film Award. It has been nominated for the DGC Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking and was one of only 18 films (out of 110 documentaries) to be nominated for the Glashütte Documentary Prize in Berlin, and was also one of 12 to be nominated for the Amnesty Film Award.

After a world premiere at the Berlinale 2018, What Walaa Wants has traveled to over 30 festivals and still running, including : Hot Docs Canadian Int. Film Festival - Dokfest Munich - Edinburgh Int. Film Festival - Gimli Film Festival - Melbourne International Film Festival - Stronger Than Fiction Canberra - EBS Korea - Vancouver IFF - St. John’s Women’s Film Festival - Margaret Mead Film Festival - RIDM Montreal (Opening Night Film) - IDFA (Best of Fests) - Cork Int. FF - Kassel DokFest - Exground Film Festival - Doha Film Institute Ajyal Film Festival - Olympia Film Festival for Children and Youth

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
  • Director: Christy Garland
  • Producers
    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