Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
This 2014 award-winning film offers a fictionalized narrative based on an actual set of events, when the community of the small West Bank town of Beit Sahour finds their legally purchased cows to be designated a “threat to national security” of the Israeli state. Through an elegant integration of claymation, animation, and interviews, Palestinian multimedia artist Amer Shomali, in collaboration with Canadian documentary filmmaker Paul Cowan, creates, in tone as well as format, a comic articulation of local resistance. When told from the perspective of these very personalized and animated cows, we witness the absurdity of the Israeli army’s quest to confiscate these creatures against the efforts of the Palestinian collective. In a context of devastating violence and human rights abuses, this story recognizes the potential of local activism.
Presented by Austin Film Society, UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Initiative for Communication on Media and the Middle East (ICOMME).
Location: AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752