The Wanted 18

The Wanted 18
Genre:
Documentary, Animation | Director: Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali | Language: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, English Subtitles | Length: 75 mins. | Country: Israel and Palestinian Territories | Year: 2014 | Rating: NR

It’s 1987, and the first Palestinian poplar movement in the West Bank is rising. Residents want local alternatives to Israeli goods, including milk, which they’ve been buying from an Israeli company. And so begins the strange story of the 18 cows. The plot is hatched by pacifist intellectuals and professionals. Not your typical dairy farmer. These “lactivisits” forge ahead anyway, buying 18 cows and smuggling them into the West Bank of Beit Sahour. But who knows anything about cows? These newly minted farmers have to learn the most basic skills – even how to milk their charges, which isn’t as easy as it looks. Eventually, the cows come to the attention of Israeli authorities, and the chase is on – a cat-and-mouse (or soldier-and-cow) game writ large, as the cows shuttle from barn to barn, which their pursuers determined to find them. The cows become legendary and the “intifada milk” (sometimes distributed under cover of darkness) becomes a part of daily life.

More information about the film can be found here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2

Women’s Chitchat

Women’s Chitchat (Dardashah nisāʼīyah)
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Hala Galal | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 55 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2006 | Rating: NR

This film studies the evolution of Egyptian society from the early 20th century to today, focusing on the status of women as experienced by several generations within the same family. The women discuss the inter-generational changes that have affected fashion, politics and courtship as well as society’s role for women in general. The achievements made by past leaders of the Egyptian women’s rights movement are also highlighted. By using old home movies, photographs and the verbal experiences of women young and old, WOMEN’S CHITCHAT provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Egyptian women over the past one hundred years.

Available for free streaming online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.6

Slingshot Hip Hop

Slingshot Hip Hop
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Jacqueline Reem Salloum | Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, English Subtitles | Length: 83 minutes | Country: Palestine, Israel | Year: 2008 | Rating: N/A

Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.2, WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2