|01.03. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2|
The Palestinian Latifa Abu Draa spent eight years in an Israeli prison, and by the time she was released in 2011, her daughter Walaa was fifteen years old. Like Latifa’s other children, Walaa grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp Balata, an environment in which uncertainty, oppression, grief, anger and stray bullets are part of everyday life. No wonder this tough girl became such a rebellious teenager. The headstrong, funny, heartwarming young woman has an answer for everything and is constantly getting into trouble. But ultimately she only wants one thing: to improve her life and that of others. The escape route she dreams of is to join the Palestinian Civil Police Force. Director follows Walaa over the course of five crucial years, in the alleyways of the camp, horsing around with her brother, in conversations with her mother, and through the tough training at the police academy. Garland’s camera becomes her companion as Walaa struggles her way into adulthood.
Christy Garland is Canadian director, born in 1968. She is based in Toronto, but working a lot in the Nordic countries. Her award-winning feature documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song premiered at Hot Docs and Sheffield DocFest in 2012. Her film Cheer Up premiered at Hot Docs 2016 to great reviews. What Walaa Wants is her latest documentary.
Christy Garland, Hanna Abu Sada
Michael Aaglund, Graeme Ring
Anne Köhncke, Matt Code, Christy Garland, Justine Pimlott
Murmur Media Inc, Final Cut for Real, National Film Board of Canada
Festivals & Awards:
Hot Docs 2018 – DGC Special Jury Prize; Margaret Mead Film Festival 2018 – Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award; Tribeca Film Festival 2016 – Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund – AOL Charitable Foundation Award; Berlin International Film Festival 2018; IDFA 2018; DokFest München 2018; Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018; Cork International Film Festival 2018
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