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What Walaa Wants

Sunday 9th December, 2018, at 17:40
The Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX
£10 full / £8 conc / £5 24 & under

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of being a policewoman, wearing a uniform, avoiding marriage, and earning a salary. Despite discouragement from her family, even from her beloved brother Mohammed, Walaa applies – and gets in. But her own rebellious behaviour and a complicated relationship with her mother are a challenge, as are the circumstances under which she lives.

This intimate documentary follows Walaa from aged 15 to 21, revealing the exuberant energy of its subject and a first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy. It brings us the story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.

Christy Garland
Canada, Denmark
90 mins
Arabic with English subtitles

£10 full / £8 conc / £5 24 & under

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