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What Walaa Wants

Sunday 9th December, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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 |
2018 |
Canada, Denmark |
90 mins |
15 |
Arabic with English subtitles |

£10 full / £8 conc / £5 24 & under

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