About The Wanted 18
Directed by Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan. | Feature | 75 min. | 2014 – Palestine, Canada, France
Discover the animated true story of a group of Israeli cows transported to Palestine during the First Intifada in the West Bank. The cows at the centre of this multimedia interactive app were purchased by a group of Palestinian activists in 1987 with the goal of creating a self-sufficient supply of milk for their community.
Our bovine protagonists now come to life in dynamic comic book style as multi-faceted, diverse characters in The Wanted 18. Each cow exhibits a distinct personality and perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, granting viewers an alternately poignant, thought-provoking, humorous, and inspiring profile of grassroots activism and peaceful resistance in a part of the world that is fraught with negative imagery and despair.
In his 25-year career as a filmmaker, Paul Cowan has never been one to shy away from controversy. He’s chronicled the rise and fall of renegade billionaire Robert Campeau, followed Dr. Henry Morgentaler on his controversial abortion crusade, dramatized Donald Marshall’s landmark battle against Nova Scotia’s justice system, and stirred up a storm of debate in the Canadian Senate with a hotly-contested docudrama about First World War flying ace Billy Bishop.
His strength is creative documentaries that combine documentary techniques with evocative images and recreations. Paul recently wrote and directed the feature documentary Paris 1919.
Underwriters, Endorsers, Sponsors, Partners and Community Friends:
BEIT ZATOUN; THE CANADIAN PALESTINIAN SOCIAL ASSOCIATION IN LONDON ONTARIO, CANADA; CANADIANS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, HAMILTON; HAMILTON COALITION TO STOP THE WAR; JEWISH LIBERATION THEOLOGY INSTITUTE; INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICES (IJV) – HAMILTON; PEOPLE FOR PEACE, LONDON