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What Walaa Wants

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Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of becoming a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces (PSF). Despite discouragement from her family, even her beloved brother Mohammed, Walaa applies and gets in.  But her own rebellious behaviour and complicated relationship with her mother are challenging, as are the circumstances under which she lives.

Following Walaa from 15-21, with an intimate POV, What Walaa Wants is the compelling story of a defiant young girl navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.


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Hilal Best Feature Award
Ajyal Youth Film Festival
November 27 to December 3 2018, Doha - Qatar

Best Feature Documentary
Forest City Film Festival
October 28 2018, London - Canada

Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival
October 18 to 21 2018, New York - USA

Artistic Merit Award for documentary
International Film Festival
September 27 to October 12 2018, Vancouver - Canada

DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary Award
Hot Docs
April 26 to May 6 2018, Toronto - Canada

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