‘What Walaa Wants’ to Open RIDM

What Walaa Wants

By Pat Mullen

Christy Garland’s What Walaa Wants will open this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). The fest announced its opening and closing night selections today with Garland’s NFB co-pro set to kick off RIDM on November 8. The screening marks another victory in Walaa’s impressive festival run, which began with a world premiere at the Berlinale followed by a special jury prize at Hot Docs. What Walaa Wants follows a young Palestinian woman from the ages of 15 to 21 as she comes of age in a refugee camp and prepares to become a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces. The doc is also an official selection for the Canadian feature competition. (Read the POV review of What Walaa Wants here.)

RIDM’s opening night screening includes the short Printemps Now !, a poetic look at reflections on the streets of Montreal by Jean Jean.

The closing night selection for this year’s festival is John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection by Julien Faraut. This portrait of tennis star and hot-headed perfectionist John McEnroe pieces together a deep character study using previously unseen 16mm film. The doc, narrated by Mathieu Amalric, comes to RIDM as a Canadian premiere. Garland and Faraut will attend the opening and closing night screenings, respectively.

RIDM will announce its full line-up on Oct. 17. This year’s festival runs Nov. 8-18.