What Walaa Wants
Acclaimed filmmaker Christy Garland somehow managed to get up close and personal with a feisty young woman who was raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank. Honestly, we don’t know how she did it, but this film follows Walaa over six years of her young life, from 15-21, as she vows to succeed at basic training for the Palestinian Security Forces. The paradox here is that Walaa is a defiant maverick, and so obeying the discipline of boot camp is especially challenging for such a personality. Obstacles abound, not the least of which is the whole Middle East itself. This really is a tour de force of filmmaking. The filmmaker takes us into a life and a reality we would never have known about otherwise. What Garland wants Garland gets with precision, sensitivity, and uncanny intimacy.
Director: Christy Garland
Producers: Anne Köhncke, Matt Code, Christy Garland, Justine Pimlott
Runtime: 89 mins
Country: Denmark/ Canada