Who knew milking cows could be considered an act of defiance? The Wanted 18 is a documentary shedding light on a peaceful Palestinian moo-vement (sorry, had to throw one cow pun in there). During the First Palestinian Intifada, Israel had many restrictions on Palestinians – one of which was removing options forcing the only milk available to be bought from an Israeli company. The town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank found creative ways in which to rebel. One such was not paying taxes to a government they did not recognize as their own, another was to purchase cows so they could produce their own milk. This venture brought together many members of the community, providing hope, action, and calcium.
While the documentary is certainly from one viewpoint, it encompassed interviews from both sides – the Palestinians involved with the cows as well as Israeli government officials involved with hunting down the herd when the animals were eventually perceived as a threat.
Combining interviews with archival footage and stop motion animation, The Wanted 18 tells a story I didn’t know there was to be told. It was educational, engaging, and had elements of humour.