After its first edition in Beirut in 2014, AFAC continues on its mission to offer independent, little-seen contemporary films from the Arab world to a wider audience, going on to screen in Minya and Tanta after Cairo.
The opening night at Cairo’s Zawya cinema on 15 April screens The Wanted 18, a Palestinian animated documentary by director Amer Shomali, and Paul Cowan.
With humour and depth, the film follows a group of people in Beit Sahour, a village on the West Bank that stands as a historic example of economic self-sufficiency during the 1980s Intifada, who decide to buy eighteen cows to produce their own milk.
The farm grows to become a landmark with the cows famed like celebrities, until the Israeli army condemns the initiative, declaring that the animals pose a threat to Israel’s national security.
With the army pursuing them, the farmers and the dairy are then forced to go underground, secretly producing what they call ‘Intifada Milk.’
The Wanted 18 won several awards in 2014 including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Black Pearl for best documentary from the Arab World, and the Carthage Film Festival’s Golden Tanit for best documentary.
The film was also was screened at the Toronto Film Festival, Montreal International Documentary Festival and Talinn Black Nights Festival.
This is Shomali’s second film, with his first being Dying of the Light, an animation produced in 2008, and Cowan’s fifth film after directing Westray in 2001.
Shomali will be attending the screening for a discussion after the film.
The full programme for AFAC film week can be found here
Wednesday 15 April, 6.30pm
Zawya, Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel Said Hamid street, Downtown, Cairo