The Wanted 18

A free public screening to mark the Palestinian Nakba

Showing Times

In an act of standing together we join with a number of other London cinemas who are screening this film to mark the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, also referred to as The Catastrophe by Palestinians. 

This screening is at 3:00 pm on Wed 16 May.  It is free and open to the public, and there is no need to book.  The doors will be open from 2:30.

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.

Only the tragically absurd Israeli-Palestinian situation could transform the simple act of milking cows into a perceived threat to national security yet that’s the amazing story of Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali’s ingenious documentary.″ Jay Weissberg, Variety


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