WHAT WALAA WANTS - Generation 14plus
by Christy Garland
Denmark, Canada / 2018 / 89'
Production: Murmur Media, Final Cut For Real in coproduction with National Film Board of Canada
International Sales: Autlook Filmsales
Official Screening: Saturday 17/02 I 12:30 I Zoo Palast 2
Sunday 18/02 I 20:15 I Cubix 8
Tuesday 20/02 I 11:00 I CinemaxX 3
Friday 23/02 I 12:30 I Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
INTERNATIONAL PRESS DAYS: Saturday 17/02 + Sunday 18/02
Talents available: Christy Garland (director) and Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji (protagonist)
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 behavior and a complicated relationship with her mother are a challenge, as are the circumstances under which she lives.
Following Walaa from 15 to 21, with an intimate POV and the exuberant energy of its subject, this first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy 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.
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