Al Balad Theater presents The Wanted 18
“The Wanted 18″ Film Screening at Al Balad Theater
On Tuesday 29/9/2015 – 7:30PM
With the attendance of the film director
Through stop-motion animation, drawings and interviews, directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan recreate an astonishing true story from the First Palestinian Intifada: the Israeli army’s pursuit of eighteen cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared “a threat to the national security of the state of Israel.”
Overshadowed by successive and bloodier conflicts, the First Palestinian Intifada (1987 – 1993) — the unarmed civilian insurgency that included protests, stone throwing, civil disobedience, and refusal to pay taxes to Israel — marked a political milestone by bringing an end to the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. A key point of the insurgents’ strategy was the creation of an alternative economy in the towns and villages as a stepping stone for self-sufficiency and sovereignty. The Wanted 18 revisits this compelling chapter in Palestinian history through the true story of some of the most unlikely outlaws imaginable.
In the West Bank town of Beit Sahour (an epicenter for the insurgency), a group of townspeople — a schoolteacher, a pharmacist, a physician, etc. — decide to buy eighteen cows and produce their own milk as a co-operative. 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.
Director : Amer Shomali and paul Cowan
Scriptwriter : paul Cowan
Director of Photography : German Gutierrez and Daniel Villeneuve
Editor : Aube Foglia
Composer : Benoît Charest
Animators : Amer Shomali, Michelle Lannen, Dominique Côté, Myriam Elda Arsenault
Actors : Alison Darcy, Heidi Foss, Holly Uloth O’Brien, Rosann Nerenberg
Producers : Ina Fichman, Saed Andoni, Dominique Barneaud, Nathalie Cloutier
Director’s Nationality : Palestinian and Canadian
Country of Origin : Palestine/Canada/ France
Date of Production : 2014
Film Original Language : Arabic/English/Hebrew
Participation in other festivals :
Toronto Film Festival
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Carthage Film Festival
Montreal International Documentary Festival
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Prizes of Distinctions :
Black Pearl for Best Documentary from the Arab world at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014
Golden Tanit for Best documentary award at Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, 2014.
Type : Documentary
Duration in minuets : 75 min
Bio – Filmography of the Director :
Amer Shomali was born in Kuwait and is currently based in Ramallah. A multidisciplinary artist, animator, and activist, he made his film debut with the animated short Dying of the Light (08). The Wanted 18 (14) is his first feature.
Paul Cowan was born in Montreal. He has directed several feature documentaries for television and film, including The Kid Who Couldn’t Miss (83), Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair (84), Justice Denied (89), and Westray (01), which won the Genie Award for Best Documentary. The Wanted 18 (14) is his latest film.
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