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The Wanted 18 (2015)

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Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, THE WANTED 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 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 farm is an illegal security threat. 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 the Beit Sahour activists, Israeli military officials, and the cows, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali and veteran Canadian director Paul Cowan create an enchanting, inspirational tribute to the ingenuity and power of grassroots activism. (C) Kino

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Imaginatively interspersing testimonials with reenactments, comic panels and Claymation, the film plays out like an entertaining absurdist satire.

June 19, 2015 | Full Review…

While Shomali resists easy cynicism while seeming to have almost every excuse to indulge it, he doesn't try to craft a hopeful parable out of his material either.

June 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At its best, "The Wanted 18" follows a worthy tradition of highlighting absurdities that arise during conflict ...

June 19, 2015 | Full Review…

It's beautiful and important and very strange.

June 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Admirable aims, to be sure, but overall the film is as awkward as a cow on a crutch.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The Wanted 18 is gorgeous to look at with high production value placed on actor reenactments, Shomali's humorous stop-motion cow interludes, and the interviews themselves.

February 27, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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