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.
Christy Garland has directed and co-produced award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction shorts distributed worldwide. Garland's films deliver strong dramatic development, poignant character transformation and universally felt themes. “The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song” (2012, Hot Docs, Sheffield a.o.) garnered rave reviews at its theatrical release, “echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes” (Globe & Mail). Among her several works: “What Walaa Wants”, 2018; “Cheer Up”, 2016; “Doormat”, 2008; “Dual Citizen”, 2000.