As part of the fantastic Leeds Scalamara 2018 programme, we organised a Film and Food Fundraiser.
We needed to raise funds for our 2018 Film Festival in order to pay for some great films and travel expenses for speakers. We served lovely homemade Middle Eastern food and showed one of our festival favourites, ‘The Wanted 18’.
This winning mix of documentary and clay-animation offers an unexpectedly humorous account of a West Bank town’s experience of the first Intifada, a subject that doesn’t usually generate a lot of laughs in cinema. It recounts the true story of how the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem acquired a herd of 18 dairy cows and then had to hide them from the Israeli security forces when their existence was absurdly deemed a threat to national security.
Dir. Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali, 2014, 75 mins, Canada/Palestine/France