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The Wanted 18

22 September 2015 | 7:30pm - 9:45pm

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: The Wanted 18

Director: Amer Shomali & Paul Cowan | Countries of production: Canada, France, Palestine | Year: 2014 | Length: 75 min
Language: English, Arabic, French, Hebrew with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

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.”

Through interviews and playful animation, The Wanted 18 charts a stirring portrait of a community united in defiance.

This film was supported by the Bertha / Doc Society Connect Fund.


Beyond the Screen

Stay with us after the film for inspiring conversations. Contributors to the discussion will include Wael Shawish (Chair, Scottish Palestinian Forum) and  poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead (pictured).

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