The Wanted 18

The title of this 2014 documentary refers to a herd of dairy cows purchased from an Israeli farm by a small Palestinian village in the days leading up to the first intifada. When Israeli forces began seizing Palestinians’ property as a form of taxation, the villagers hid the cows, leading the Israelis, who labeled the cows a threat to national security, to launch a ridiculously elaborate search. Directors Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali have good fun with the story, interspersing spirited firsthand accounts with clay-animation sequences that present the events from the cows’ point of view. This has its mournful passages, but for the most part the tone is sweetly ironic. In English and subtitled Arabic and Hebrew.