What Walaa Wants Is A Free Screening

Staff Reporter (01 March, 2021)

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa has had to grow up fast

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On March 8th, 2021’s International Women’s Day, there will be a free screening of a film following the life of Walaa, an inspirational figure who makes up one of just a few women within the Palestinian Security Forces.

Followed by a live online Q&A, with director Christy Garland, the screening of ‘What Walaa Wants’ will be hosted by Palestinian photographer, film-maker and human rights advocate Kholoud Al-Jarma.

Young, willful and headstrong, Walaa has set her sights on becoming one of the few women in the Palestinian Security Forces – a big challenge for a girl who breaks all the rules.

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa has had to grow up fast. To her family’s surprise, and disapproval, she applies to the force and gets in, but basic training involves a lot more discipline than Walaa might have imagined.

Following her from age 15 to 21, What Walaa Wants is a real-life coming-of-age story capturing a brilliant young woman navigating formidable obstacles as she learns which rules to break and which rules to follow.

The event begins at 7pm for those who want to be able to ask questions in the Q&A.

Those who are unable to make that time and don’t mind watching a recorded version of the film and Q&A can tune in any time between 7pm on Monday 8th and 11:59pm on Tuesday 9th March.

This programme will be broadcast live on our custom built streaming site. Once you have registered to attend, you will receive an email on the day of the event with further details about how to access the Betha Dochouse streaming site: https://dochouse.org/

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