What Walaa Wants
Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of becoming a policewoman, wearing a uniform, avoiding marriage and earning a salary. Despite being told that “no women should be in the army” and that she’ll bring shame on her family, she applies, and gets in. But her own rebellious behavior and complicated relationship with her mother prove challenging, as are the circumstances under which she lives. Following Walaa from age 15 to 21, this first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy brings us the story of a young woman navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break, which to follow, and proving the predictions from her surroundings and the world at large wrong.