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The Wanted 18

Directed by Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan
Canada, Palestinian Territory, 2014
Documentary, Animation
  • English
  • No subtitles


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.”

Our take

Unusual ways of telling nonfiction stories in cinema are rare indeed, which is why such unconventional films like Waltz with Bashir and this brilliantly mixed-media documentary are precious. Here, a small story of history demands a special approach to gain attention, distance and analysis.

The Wanted 18 Directed by Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan

What are people saying?

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    A nice attempt to renew the documentary genre by using elements of the animated film as well as stills of the graphic novel in responding to the absurdity of the story. The problem is the conventional narration of the events, although it is covered by the frame introducing the narrator.

  • Kareem E.'s rating of the film The Wanted 18

    Poignant, surprisingly humorous portrait of Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation during the first intifada. So many Palestine-Israel docs center the guilt of perpetrators and/or the suffering of victims; this is a rare tribute to the proud agency of a community. And it is a playful film at the same time as it bears important historical lessons for political organizing beyond its local context.

  • John's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    A unique film that displays history in a lighthearted yet eye opening manner. The claymation story coupled with real life interviews of those who went through the First Intifada, and live action scenes show just how moving the uprising was for the people of Palestine in trying to become a sovereign state. Overall this film does a good job of giving light to an event in history many people may have never heard about.

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    Very clever use of many media forms: claymation, 2D animation, historical footage, live action reenactments and talking head interviews. All pieced together and blended nicely to tell a single story during the early '90s. The true story is certainly unusual and combined with this style, it creates a perfect tone in which to unfold this tale. Well worth the time to check out.

  • Anthony Dewar's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    The great thing about The Wanted 18 is that it reveals, through a specific story, the absurdity of the Israeli government’s occupation over Palestine. The film also captures the mindset of Palestinian resistance in a generational conflict of land, resources, and religion. Instead of focusing on suicide bombings and war, The Wanted 18 tells the story of peaceful Palestinians that are facing oppression in the 80’s.

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    A documentary that combines interviews, news footage, acted scenes and animation with speaking cows - a mixture perhaps needed to tell the absurd story of Israeli army searching for 18 cows regarded as a threat to national security. "The Wanted 18" is both funny and touching but as a whole - despite the animation - rather average documentary with conventional storytelling.

  • Samuel Wells's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    This film is so incredibly charming, telling a moving real life tale that seems too quirky for even a movie. The story of a Palestinian village fighting for its freedom gives an emotional heft and tells a part of history I would like to learn more about. The mixed media style of the film adds a lot as well, keeping the experience visually pleasing and fresh. The narrative of the cows was the final brilliant touch.

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film The Wanted 18

    Thank you, Mubi!!! "Occupation is evil." It really is that simple. Unless it is Wall Street! Surprising depth here. A great human story. Something for us to take as inspiration here in America, where we are subject to a corporate oligarchical occupation. Thank you again, Mubi.

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