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What Walaa Wants

Christy Garland
2018 | 89 min, 59 min
A MURMUR MEDIA, FINAL CUT FOR REAL, NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA CO-PRODUCTION

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection – Generation 14+ ProgramBerlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (2018)

  • Shortlisted Nominee – Glashütte Prize and Amnesty Film AwardBerlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (2018)

  • Official SelectionTIFF CANADA’S TOP 10, Toronto, Canada (2018)

  • Nominated – Best Feature Length DocumentaryCanadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Nominated – Best Cinematography in a DocumentaryCanadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Nominated – Best Editing in a Feature DocumentaryCanadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Nominated – Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary DGC Awards, Toronto, Canada (2018)

  • Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2018)

  • WIFTV Award for Artistic Merit Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2018)

  • Hilal Best Feature Award Ajyal Film Festival – Doha Film Institute, Qatar (2018)

  • Margaret Mead Filmmaker AwardMargaret Mead Film Festival, AMNH, New York, USA (2018)

  • Best Documentary FeatureForest City Film Festival, London, Ontario, Canada (2018)

  • Opening Film – Official SelectionRIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival, Montreal, Canada (2018)

  • Official SelectionMelbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia (2018)

  • Official Selection, Best of Fests ProgrammeIDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2018)

  • Official SelectionGöteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden (2018)


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Team


Christy Garland
Director / Producer (Murmur Media)
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Christy Garland

Christy Garland has directed award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction shorts. Based in Toronto, she often co-produces projects with colleagues in Nordic countries. Distributed worldwide, Garland’s films deliver strong dramatic development, poignant character transformation, and universally felt themes. Her first feature-length documentary, The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (2012, Hot Docs, Sheffield), garnered rave reviews during its theatrical release (The Globe and Mail described it as “echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes”). VICE Magazine called her film Cheer Up (2016, Hot Docs, DOC NYC) “a biting portrait of young womanhood.”

Filmography

2018, What Walaa Wants, Director/Producer (documentary)
2016, Cheer Up, Director/Producer (documentary)
2012, The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, Director/Producer (documentary)
2008, Doormat, Producer/Co-Director (documentary)
2000, Dual Citizen, Writer/Director (short fiction comedy)
1999, Dear Mr. Newton, Writer/Director (short doc)
1999, These Goods Are Manufactured, Writer/Director (short doc)
1998, Blind Spot, Writer/Director (short fiction drama)


Matt Code
Producer (Murmur Media)
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Matt Code

Murmur Media is an emerging documentary film production company with a growing presence in the international documentary marketplace. It is home to producer/director Christy Garland. Murmur specializes in one-off documentaries that focus on intimate, character-driven stories that deliver strong dramatic development and universally felt themes.

Matt Code is a producer of award-winning films and television programming, with a track record of films at TIFF, TriBeCa, Hot Docs, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara. Code is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre (Producer’s Lab) and a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association. He was awarded the CMPA Indiescreen Emerging Producer Award at TIFF 2017.


Anne Köhncke
Producer (Final Cut for Real)
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Anne Köhncke

Final Cut for Real is a two-time Oscar®-nominated production company, dedicated to high-end,

creative documentaries and fiction for the international market. Recent titles include: The Look of Silence and The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer; Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump) by Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert and Abou Bakar Sidibé; Death of a Child and Pervert Park by Frida and Lasse Barkfors; Land of the Free by Camilla Magid; and The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont.

Producer Anne Köhncke is co-founder of Final Cut for Real and has been producing with the company since 2009. Prior to that she worked as commissioning editor of documentaries at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and as a sales executive at TV2 World.


Justine Pimlott
Producer (NFB)
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Justine Pimlott

Justine Pimlott is a multi-award-winning producer based at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio in Toronto. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, she has a long history of bringing stories that are often marginalized to the screen.

Her NFB credits include: A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); the Canada 150 interactive project Portrait of a Family (2017); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018, Hot Docs 2018 DGC Special Jury Prize Best for Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film, CSA nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary); Camera Test – Five Feminist Minutes (Hot Docs 2019); numerous Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards shorts; the online LGBTQ2+ short doc series, Five @ 50 (2019); Borealis (Hot Docs 2020); and Inconvenient Indian (2020).


Signe Byrge Sørensen
Executive Producer (Final Cut for Real)
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Signe Byrge Sørensen

Signe Byrge Sørensen is the two-time Oscar®-nominated producer of the documentary films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, both of which received Cinema Eye Honors in addition to Academy Award® nominations. The latter film also earned her a nomination for a Producers Guild of America Award in 2016. In 2009, she and Anne Köhncke founded Final Cut for Real. Signe  has produced documentaries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Thailand, Indonesia, Colombia and Argentina, as well as in Scandinavia. She holds a master’s degree in international development studies and communication studies from Roskilde University (1998), Denmark, and is a graduate of Eurodoc (2003) and EAVE (2010).


Anita Lee
Executive Producer (NFB)
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada and leads the development and production of projects produced solely by the NFB as well as domestic and international co-productions for the Ontario Studio. She is the executive producer of a slate of upcoming projects that includes Unarmed Verses and A Better Man.

As a producer for the NFB from 2005 to the present, Anita produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, which garnered international recognition and was named Best Documentary Feature Film by National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, Canadian Screen Awards, and Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association.  Past productions include Tiger Spirit, Gemini Award winner for Best Social/Political Documentary, The Bodybuilder and I, Hot Docs Best Feature Documentary winner, and Flicker, Hot Docs Jury Prize winner, Best Canadian Feature Documentary.

Lee’s most recent credits include Highrise: Universe Within, winner of the 2016 Webby Award as well as Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2015; The Deeper They Bury Me, which premiered at the New York Film Festival; and most recently, The Apology,runner up Audience Award at Hot Docs International Film Festival and the Cinephile Award for Best Documentary at Busan 2016. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Waël Kabbani
Executive Producer
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Waël Kabbani

Waël Kabbani is the Executive Creative Director of Iambic Dream Films and Iambic Dream Inc., award-winning global independent multimedia companies producing creative work by independent artists. Waël and Iambic Dream Films have co-produced five feature-length documentaries and one narrative short and have eight more documentaries in production. Waël’s films have screened at international film festivals, including the Berlinale, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. What Walaa Wants, his most recent project, was awarded the Directors Guild of Canada’s Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary, as well as four other awards.


Penny Charter
Executive Producer
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Penny Charter

An avid film lover, Toronto-based Penny Charter has been working as an assistant director on both indie films (Spider, Blindness, Mama, Spotlight, Molly’s Game) and studio movies (Robocop, Crimson Peak, It) for more than 20 years. Her work has taken her to various locations around the globe. What Walaa Wants is her first foray into documentary production and her first executive producer credit.

Credits

PRINCIPAL CAST

Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji
Latifa Abu Draa

Director
Christy Garland

Editors
Michael Aaglund
Graeme Ring

Editing Consultants
Molly Malene Stensgaard
Janus Billeskov Jansen

Cinematography & Location Sound
Christy Garland

Producers
Anne Köhncke
Matt Code
Christy Garland
Justine Pimlott

Production Coordinator & Translator
Ekram Zubaydi

Executive Producers
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Anita Lee
Waël Kabbani
Penny Charter

Composer
Tom Third

Sound Designers
Peter Schultz
Cosmo Tone

Colourist
Anders V. Christensen
Kong Gulerod Film

Post-production Manager
Maria Kristensen

A:
MURMUR MEDIA
FINAL CUT FOR REAL
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
CO-PRODUCTION

IN ASSOCIATION WITH:
Doha Film Institute
Iambic Dream Films
DR
UR

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF:
The ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
CAVCO – THE CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO FILM AND TELEVISION TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

SUPPORTED BY:
Danish Film Institute
Danida (Danish Foreign Ministry)
Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
with support from the Oath Foundation
Toronto Arts Council

 

 

 



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