Birzeit Cinema Club hosts screening of ‘The Wanted 18’ on campus

Birzeit University’s Cinema Club, part of the Deanship of Student Affairs, organized a screening of the Palestinian-Canadian film “The Wanted 18,” on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

Sarah Zaben, a Birzeit University student who is a member of the Cinema Club, introduced the attending students to the club and its aims, and said that the club is still accepting members. 

“The Wanted 18,” directed by Amer Shomali - a Birzeit University graduate - tells the story of a dairy farm established by the people of Beit Sahour in the first intifada (1987 - 1993) as a way to boycott Israeli dairy products, and the subsequent reaction by the Israeli authorities, who deemed the 18 cows needed for the farm a national security threat, prompting the locals to hide the cows. 

The film was Palestine’s entry at the 88th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film Award. 

Shomali is a Palestinian artist whose works address sociopolitical issues in Palestine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Birzeit University, and went on to earn a master’s degree in animation from the Arts University Bournemouth in the United Kingdom.