The Wanted 18

The Wanted 18

Director: Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan

Screening time: 09.04.2016. 17:30

Screening location: Kino Tuškanac

Runtime: 75 min

Awards: 2 wins & 2 nominations Traverse City Film Festival 2015 Won Founders Prize Best Documentary


During the First Palestinian Intifada — the unarmed civilian insurgency that included protests, stone throwing, civil disobedience, and refusal to pay taxes to Israel — a group of townspeople in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour decide to buy eighteen cows and produce their own milk, seeking to create an alternative economy as a stepping stone towards self-sufficiency and sovereignty. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark, and the cows local celebrities, until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the cows pose "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." Consequently, the dairy is forced to go underground, the cows continuing to produce their "Intifada milk" with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit. Recreating the story of the "Wanted 18" from the perspectives of both the Beit Sahour activists and the cows, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali and veteran Canadian director Paul Cowan use stop-motion animation, drawings, and interviews to create an enchanting, inspirational tribute to the ingenuity and power of grassroots activism, illustrating the old adage that violence is a failure of the imagination.

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