What Walaa Wants

Christy Garland, Canada, 2018

86 min.DK/Documentary

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank, while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to survive basic training to become one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Forces – not easy for a girl who breaks all the rules. Following Walaa from 15 to 21, with an intimate POV and the exuberant energy of its subject, this is 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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title What Walaa Wants
Danish title Walaas Vilje
Other titles Walaas vilje
Keywords Palestine, West Bank, The, Palestinians, Everyday life, Young women, Dreams of the future, Education, Military, 2010-2019
Director Christy Garland
Producer Anne Köhncke, Matt Code, Christy Garland, Justine Pimlott
Director of Photography Christy Garland
Editor Michael Aaglund, Graeme Ring
Sound Peter Schultz
Composer Tom Third
Appearance Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji, Latifa Abu Draa, Mohammad Tanji
Production country Canada, Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales
Online release 18.01.2019, Filmcentralen
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Murmur Film, Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production National Film Board of Canada
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Danida, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Toronto Ars Council, Canadian Government, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit
In collaboration with Doha Film Institute, Wilding Picture Production, DR
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Christy Garland


Producer Anne Köhncke
Producer Matt Code
Producer Christy Garland
Producer Justine Pimlott
Executive producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Executive producer Anita Lee
Executive producer Waël Kabbani
Executive producer Penny Charter
Post Producer Maria Kristensen
Associate producer Lyana Saleh
Production assistant Mauricio González-Aranda
Production assistant Kasper Juhl Kjems
Production assistant Sofie Bervild Nielsen
Production assistant Sia Bergmann
Production assistant Mie Mollerup
Post-production assistant Sebastian Anton Munk
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen


Cinematographer Christy Garland


Editor Michael Aaglund
Editor Graeme Ring
Editing supervisor Molly Malene Stensgaard
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Trailer editor Waltteri Vanhanen


Composer Tom Third


Recording engineer Christy Garland
Sound engineer Peter Schultz
Dialogue mixer Mathias Dehn Middelhart
Re-recording mixer Peter Schultz

Visual effects

Colourist Anders V. Christensen
Graphic design and poster Maria Jose Cuevas
Online Martin Munck Schmidt
VFX Martin Munck Schmidt


Appearance Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji
Appearance Latifa Abu Draa
Appearance Mohammad Tanji

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