Award-Winning Film to be Screened at The College of Wooster on Nov. 4

Filmmaker Amer Shomali will present The Wanted 18 in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center

02 November, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio ­– Filmmaker Amer Shomali will share his latest work, The Wanted 18, on Wednesday (Nov. 4) at The College of Wooster. The screening, which will be followed by an open discussion with Shomali, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). Admission is free and open to the public.

The film illustrates the power of mass mobilization and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation during the First Intifada. It tells the story of 18 dairy cows being brought to the West Bank town of Beit Sahour 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 employs humor to broach a serious subject — nation-building from the bottom up by the people, not politicians. Described by Variety as “mind-opening and ingenious,” The Wanted 18 was an official selection of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.

Shomali, who studied at the Van Art School in Canada, completed his MFA in animation at Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. He was one of the founders of Zan Studios in Ramallah, and now 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, and his short film, Dying of the Light, was screened in the UK, Belgium, Lebanon, and Palestine. He was also co-director and animator of Animated Concerns, a television series in Palestine in 2006-2007.

The film screening and discussion with the author are sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Cultural Events Committee, the Department of Political Science, The College of Wooster Libraries, Programs in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Film Studies. Shomali’s visit is organized by the Global and International Studies Program.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2287) or e-mail.