films – Cinema Akil

Christy Garland
Palestine, Canada, Denmark | PG | 89 min | Documentary | Arabic

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank, while her mother was in an Israeli prison, Walaa is determined to become one of the few women in the Palestinian Security Forces—not easy for a girl who breaks all the rules. Following Walaa from 15-21, with an intimate POV, What Walaa Wants is the compelling story of a defiant young girl navigating formidable obstacles and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.


  • Special Jury Prize: HotDocs - Toronto, Canada 
  • Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award - Margaret Mead Film Festival, NYC
  • Women in Film + TV Artistic Merit Award - Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature - Forest City Film Festival, London, Canada