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International Women's Day: What Walaa Wants + Q&A

Date(s) - 03/08/2021 - 03/09/2021
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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This International Women’s Day, meet Walaa, a young Palestinian woman who’s determined to follow her dream. AVAILABLE IN THE UK ONLY.

About this Event

This free event is presented in partnership with the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival.

Young, wilful 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.

“Walaa is a force… it is refreshing to see a film that portrays such a proud, resilient, young Palestinian woman. You will remember Walaa.” POV Magazine

At 7pm on Monday 8th March, this free screening will be followed by a live online Q&A with director Christy Garland, hosted by Palestinian photographer, film-maker and human rights advocate Kholoud Al-Jarma.

Start at 7pm on Monday 8th March, if you want to be able to ask questions in the Q&A. If you are unable to make that time, and don’t mind watching a recorded version of the film + Q&A, you can tune in any time between 7pm on Monday 8th and 11:59pm on Tuesday 9th March.

This event will be available to stream in the UK ONLY.

HOW TO WATCH: 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 our streaming site. If you are a Gmail user, please consider moving our emails to your Primary tab.

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