The Wanted 18

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Genre: Animated Documentary
Director(s): Amer Shomali
Writer(s): Paul Cowan
Producer(s): Ina Fichman, Saed Andoni, Dominique Barneaud

The Wanted 18, 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

Agat Films, Dar Films SRC, ARTE, Arab Cultural Fund, SODEC

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The Wanted 18, 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

A story of the most powerful army in the Middle East chasing 18 cows.

In 1987, at the beginning of the first Intifada, Palestinian leaders asked their communities to develop Palestinian alter-natives to Israeli products. In response, a group of Palestinian activists started a cooperative dairy farm in Beit Sahour with 18 cows. All of the activists were intellectuals who knew nothing about raising cattle or operating a dairy. But, after some training (and the purchase of some cows from Israel), these newbie dairy farmers managed to start producing a high quality competitive product which became known as “intifada milk”.

However, once the cooperative became successful the Israeli army ordered its closure, declaring it a threat to national security. Defying the army, the activists covered their faces and went under cover. They hid the 18 cows in people’s houses and continued to produce milk.

The Wanted 18, is an animated documentary told from the unique perspective of the cows and the activists. Using stop frame animation, created by a team in Ramallah and Montreal, this documentary will also contain powerful filmed interviews with the Palestinian activists who initiated the dairy farm in 1988, members of the Israeli army as well as American dairy farmers who were involved in training one of the farmers.

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