Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared “a threat to the national security of the state of Israel.”
Unusual ways of telling nonfiction stories in cinema are rare indeed, which is why such unconventional films like Waltz with Bashir and this brilliantly mixed-media documentary are precious. Here, a small story of history demands a special approach to gain attention, distance and analysis.
A documentary that combines interviews, news footage, acted scenes and animation with speaking cows - a mixture perhaps needed to tell the absurd story of Israeli army searching for 18 cows regarded as a threat to national security. "The Wanted 18" is both funny and touching but as a whole - despite the animation - rather average documentary with conventional storytelling.
Very clever use of many media forms: claymation, 2D animation, historical footage, live action reenactments and talking head interviews. All pieced together and blended nicely to tell a single story during the early '90s. The true story is certainly unusual and combined with this style, it creates a perfect tone in which to unfold this tale. Well worth the time to check out.
An unexpected combination of stop motion with live interviews and footage. While the storytelling itself was rather straight forward and a bit shallow the many layers of media give more layers of relatability. The film barely skims the subject of Palestinian/Israeli conflict, making it lack desirable depth. However, the story feels far more personal in this way.
The great thing about The Wanted 18 is that it reveals, through a specific story, the absurdity of the Israeli government’s occupation over Palestine. The film also captures the mindset of Palestinian resistance in a generational conflict of land, resources, and religion. Instead of focusing on suicide bombings and war, The Wanted 18 tells the story of peaceful Palestinians that are facing oppression in the 80’s.
An unexpected but compelling take of the trials faced by the Palestinians in Beit Sahour in the 1980s. Although light-hearted at times, the stop motion animation added more perspective and depth to the problems at hand. The documentary is short and gives only a glimpse into the struggles between the Palestinians and the Israelis. An informative find with some elements of fiction. Inspirational and unifying.
A nice attempt to renew the documentary genre by using elements of the animated film as well as stills of the graphic novel in responding to the absurdity of the story. The problem is the conventional narration of the events, although it is covered by the frame introducing the narrator.