The Wanted 18
Wednesday, March 23 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Education Centre South, Room 129
87 Avenue & 113 Street, U of A campus (map)
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It’s 1987, and the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation is spreading across the West Bank.
Residents of the village of Beit Sahour want local alternatives to Israeli goods, including milk, which they’ve been buying from an Israeli company. Activists in the town decide to create a co-operative dairy farm, and purchase 18 cows from an Israeli kibbutz and transport them to the West Bank.
And so begins the strange story of the 18 cows.
After some trial and error, the newly minted “lactivists” succeed, the population comes to depend on the “Intifada milk,” and the cows become a symbol of freedom and resistance. But soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army and declared “a threat to the State of Israel.”
Will the Wanted 18 live to milk another day?
With humour and passion, this film captures the spirit of the First Intifada through the personal experiences of those who lived it. Acclaimed Palestinian artist Amer Shomali illustrated The Wanted 18 and co-directed it with veteran Canadian filmmaker Paul Cowan, combining stop-motion animation, interviews, drawings and archival material to bring to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Poignant and thought-provoking, humorous and serious, it shows the power of grassroots activism, peaceful resistance and courage.
National Film Board of Canada, 2014, 75 minutes
Education Centre South is located on 87 Avenue at 113 Street on the University of Alberta campus (map).
Parking is available the Education car park (map), located just west of Education South on the northeast corner of 87 Avenue and 114 Street.
Take the LRT or Edmonton transit to the University Station and walk one block south to Education Centre south (map).
Ample bicycle parking is located near the east entrance of Education Centre South.