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

Inch’Allah Dimanche

Inch’Allah Dimanche
Genre:
Biography, Drama | Director: Yamina Benguigui | Language: Arabic, French | Length: 96 minutes | Country: Algeria, France | Year: 2001 | Rating: N/A

This French/Algerian movie tells the story about the life of an Algerian immigrant woman in France. The film is largely descriptive of her family’s experience moving to France and the struggles for autonomy Algerian women continue to face even today. The film won a variety of international awards, including the 2001 International Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.. Although Benguigui was urged to change the name of the film after the September 11 attacks, she chose to keep the original title, a portion of which is in Algerian Arabic. This film explores the complexities of immigration and the role of women in Algerian society.

This is a great film to show in French Language classes. French teachers might also have intermediate-advanced students read the book “Dakia, fille d’Alger” to further study of Algeria.

Available for streaming on Netflix.

Monsieur Ibrahim

Monsieur Ibrahim
Genre:
Comedy, Drama | Director: François Dupeyron | Language: French, English Subtitles | Length: 95 minutes | Country: France | Year: 2003 | Rating: R

Screen legend Omar Sharif is Monsieur Ibrahim, an elderly Turkish Muslim man who owns a grocery store in a shabby, working-class section of Paris. His life takes on new meaning when he befriends Momo, a lonely teenage boy (Pierre Boulanger). In Ibrahim, Momo finds the father he never had, a patient man infused with kindness and wisdom that he freely shares. And Momo awakens within Ibrahim a taste for grand adventure, which takes them on a journey that will forever change their lives. Written and directed by Francois Dupeyron, based on the novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.