The Wanted 18


State Theatre Fri, Jul 31, 2015 3:00 PM
Bijou by the Bay Sat, Aug 1, 2015 9:00 PM
Film Info
Cinema Salon
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Release Year:2014
Runtime:75 min.
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:Arabic
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Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Alison Darcy
Rosann Nerenberg
Holly O'Brien
Director:Paul Cowan
Amer Shomali
Produced by:Saed Andoni
Dominique Barneaud
Nathalie Cloutier
Ina Fichman
Screenwriter:Paul Cowan
Cinematography:German Gutierrez
Daniel Villeneuve
Editing By:Aube Foglia
Music By:Benoît Charest


How do 18 cows get labeled a threat to national security? And how do the cows feel about this, exactly? Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan set out to answer both questions with this doc about an absurdist footnote in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a film defying all labels with its mix of talking heads, claymation, and reenactments, we travel back to 1988, when defiant townspeople in the Occupied Territories created a dairy collective as a step towards economic independence. It was so successful that the army declared the cows a threat to Israel’s national security. The cows were forced to produce their “Intifada milk” underground, with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit. An inspirational tribute to the way nonviolent struggle can inspire hope, even in the darkest times.