Animated Documentary / Palestine, Canada, France / Arabic, English, Hebrew / 75 mins / English subtitles
Screenwriter, Director: Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan
Producer: Ina Fichman, Saed Andoni
Cast: Amer Shomali, Alison Darcy, Heidi Foss, Holly Uloth O'Brien, Rosann Nerenberg
First Intifada, 1987. Palestinian leaders urge communities to develop alternatives to Israeli products. In response, a group of Palestinian activists start a collective dairy farm with 18 head of cattle. Once their “Intifada milk” gains popularity, the Israeli army orders the farm’s closure, declaring the cows a threat to national security. The activists persevere, hiding the cows in caves and continuing to produce Palestinian milk. This is the story of the most powerful army in the Middle East chasing 18 cows.
Amer Shomali is a Palestinian multidisciplinary artist, using painting, digital media, films, installations and comics as tools to explore and interact with the sociopolitical scene in Palestine focusing on the creation and the use of the Palestinian revolution iconography. He holds a master’s degree in animation from the Arts University Bournemouth in the United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Birzeit University, Palestine. He was born in Kuwait in 1981, and is currently based in Ramallah, Palestine.