What Walaa Wants

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 07:00 PM
Plaza Theatre

What Walaa Wants

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.


Film Information

Year: 2018
Length: 89 mins
Language: English

Cast & Credits

Director: Christy Garland


Special Jury Prize – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2018

UN Goal

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.


Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.

Cst. Rayn Boyko

Cst. Rayn Boyko has been a member of the Calgary Police Service, since 1996, and has worked in General Patrol, Arrest Processing, Youth Education, Stolen Property,  Offender Management, and in Community and Youth Services Section, where she created the Power Play Program.  Power Play is a program in which youth from immigrant , and refuge communities, attend Max Bell Arena every week, and learn to skate and play hockey under the guidance of Calgary Police officers. In 2018, Cst. Boyko was a recipient of the Chief’s Award for Community Service, and the Alberta Association of the Chief’s of Police Award for Outstanding Community Service. Cst. Boyko currently works as a School Resource Officer at 14 junior high schools in Calgary.