The Wanted 18







Title in English:  The Wanted 18

Director:  Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali

Country:  Canada/Palestine/France

Year:  2014

Duration:  75 minutes

Language:  Arabic with English subtitles

Awards:  Best Documentary from the Arab World, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014; Best Documentary, Traverse City Film Festival, 2015


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.


A boy’s father leaves the family farm when the crops die to go find work at sea. The boy and his grandfather work together to call the angels to come bless the farm so things can go back to how they were. Through his journey we explore the meaning abandonment and loss.

Title in English: Scarecrow

Director: Mohammed Salman

Country: Saudi Arabia

Year: 2014

Duration: 13 minutes

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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