The Traverse City Best Documentary winner follows reveals a group 18 dairy cows declared a national security threat by the Israeli army during the First Palestinian Intifada. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Paul Cowan and Palestinian artist Amer Shomali, the documentary meshes interviews with archival footage, drawings, stop-motion and reenactments. Claymation sequences imagine the POV of a few of the cows.
“This is one of my favorite films that I’ve seen this year,” Moore said when the prize was given. Kino Lorber opened “The Wanted 18,” which is Oscar-eligible, in June and has slated more openings throughout the Summer and Fall. It premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. The Michael Moore stamp of approval, as he preps his next film for this year’s TIFF, ought to give “Wanted 18” traction.
Last year’s Traverse City Best Documentary winner “Finding Vivian Maier” received a 2015 Oscar nomination.