Canadian Screen Arts Festival // What Walaa Wants


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Mar 28, 2019 9:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:89 min
Country Listing:Canada, Denmark
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Christy Garland


Canadian Screen Award Nominee - Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary, Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank, Walaa is a strong-willed young woman with a big dream: to join the Palestinian Security Forces. But considering so few women make it into the forces, not to mention Walaa’s rebellious behaviour, this isn’t easy to attain. An exuberant coming-of-age story shot over six years, What Walaa Wants follows the trajectory of this passionate teen as she navigates formidable obstacles and takes charge of her life—disproving the negative predictions that come with her surroundings and the world at large. 

In Arabic with English subtitles

Additional Information

Canadian Screen Arts Festival: Celebrate the best of homegrown cinema at this inaugural series showcasing five outstanding documentaries nominated for a 2019 Canadian Screen Award.

"Epitomizes female empowerment" - Toronto Star

"A classic coming-of-age story with a girl-power message" - Variety