Friday 18 Jan at 7 pm at Cinema Akil
Monday 21 Jan at 9:30 pm at Cinema Akil
Wednesday 23 Jan at 7:30 pm at Cinema Akil
WHAT WALAA WANTS [with Executive Producer Q&A]
Dir: Christy Garland
2018 | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 89’
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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 behavior 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.
About the Executive Producer:
Waël Kabbani is the Executive Creative Director of Iambic Dream Films, an award-winning global independent multimedia company, producing creative work from independent artists. Waël passionately tells his stories through music, film, and animation, often combining all three creative mediums in one project. Waël and Iambic Dream Films have co-produced 5 feature length documentaries and one narrative short. 8 other documentaries are in production. Waël’s films have been screened at international film festivals, including the Berlinale/Berlin International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. His most recent project, WHAT WALAA WANTS, was awarded the Directors Guild of Canada’s Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary, as well as 4 other awards.
About the Director:
Christy Garland is based in Toronto, but has been working a lot in the Nordic countries. Her award-winning feature documentary THE BASTARD SINGS THE SWEETEST SONG was a Canadian/Danish co-production and premiered at Hot Docs and Sheffield DocFest in 2012. The theatrical premiere in Toronto garnered rave reviews: the Globe and Mail called it "unclassifiable, a love story between a filmmaker and her subjects, echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes"; Film Threat - "the most poignant true story ever told", National Post - "heart shattering" and Now Magazine called it "cinematic gold." Her latest film CHEER UP, a Finnish/Canadian co-production, premiered at HotDocs 2016 to great reviews and sold out screenings.