The Human Rights Film Festival presents a screening of "The Wanted 18," followed by a Q & A with director Amar Shomali.

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The Human Rights Film Festival presents a screening of "The Wanted 18," followed by a Q & A with director Amar Shomali. "The Wanted 18" tells the story of 18 dairy cows being brought to the West Bank town of Beit Sahour during the first Palestinian Intifada, as part of a self-sufficiency movement, which were then declared a threat to the security of the state of Israel. Using stop-motion animation, archival footage, interviews, and graphic novel cartoons, the film uses humor to get at a serious subject. This is a poignant film about nation-building from the bottom up, by the people not the politicians. Variety called the film ‘mind-opening’ and ‘ingenious.’ Shomali uses fine art, digital media and technology as sociopolitical tools for change. After studying at the Van Art School in Canada, he completed an MFA in Animation at Bournemouth, UK. One of the founders of Zan Studios in Ramallah, Shomali works as an animator and illustrator of children’s books, posters, and multimedia productions. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the Middle East and Europe.

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