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Canada’s Top Ten: What Walaa Wants

Wed & Thu, Feb 27 & 28 / 7 pm & 9 pm
Directed by Christy Garland
2018, Canada / Denmark, 89 min
Arabic with English subtitles

For eight years, young Walaa was raised in Balata Refugee Camp while her mother was held in an Israeli jail. Now that her mother has been released in a much-publicized prisoner swap, Walaa can finally focus on her lifelong dream: joining the Palestinian Security Forces. What makes this dream difficult to attain is that few women make it into the forces. Will Walaa successfully tackle her demons and manage to craft a meaningful career for herself?


Canada‘s Top Ten Film Festival returns for the 18th year with a diverse and compelling line up of features and shorts. In January and February, we will present the first part of this program. It will be continued later in March to June. This series is generously sponsored by IATSE 856 and William F. White International.

        

Reviews

Over the course of the film Walaa shines as an eloquent and brave young woman, determined to fight for her ideals. It is incredible to watch her grow and evolve, which the film conveys beautifully in contemplative close-ups ....it is refreshing to see a film that portrays such a proud, resilient, young Palestinian woman. You will remember Walaa.
- Amy Siegel, POV
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