The Wanted 18

75 min 14 s
Paul Cowan & Amer Shomali

This feature film incorporates live action footage with animation to tell the curious story of 18 cows. Acquired by a Palestinian community in the late 1980s, the cows were a symbol of freedom and resistance, providing milk for the Palestinian residents of Beit Sahour so that they would not rely on Israeli producers. Soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army as a threat to security. With humour and passion, this film captures the spirit of the 1987 uprising through the personal experiences of those who lived it.

Awards and distinctions

  • Founders Prize for Best Documentary Traverse City Film Festival - Traverse City, 2015
  • Special Mention for the Gilda Vieira de Mello Prize International Film Festival on Human Rights - Geneva, 2015
  • Tanit d'or de la compétition documentaire Journées cinématographiques de Carthage - Carthage, 2014
  • Best Documentary from the Arab World Film Festival - Abu Dhabi, 2014