Christy Garland
Canada, Denmark | 2018 | 89 min | Documentary
Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of being a policewoman, wearing a uniform, avoiding marriage, and earning a salary. But her own rebellious behavior and a complicated relationship with her mother are a challenge, as are the circumstances in which she lives. Following Walaa from 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 and which to follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her entourage and the world at large.

Christy Garland

Christy Garland

A director of award-winning documentaries and short films, she lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her films have been distributed worldwide and are characterised by ingenious dramatic structures, gripping character development and universally felt themes. The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song was compared by the press to the work of Robert Bresson and the Dardenne brothers.


Blind Spot (1998) | Dual Citizen (2000)  | The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song (2012)  | Cheer Up (2016)