Film Screening: MOSUL

Nov 19, 2019, 4:30 pm6:30 pm


The Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (TRI)
Free and open to the public
Event Description

In the fall of 2016, an army of over 100,000 Iraqi soldiers and militia men mobilize to liberate
Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the clutches of ISIS. Among them is embedded Iraqi
journalist Ali Maula, who witnesses the temporary alliance between Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and Kurds — all of whom have differing motivations in the region - but are motivated by the unified goal of freeing their country from the scourge of ISIS.

The road to Mosul is no easy path, and it provides a snapshot of the controversial and larger
than life characters who are impacting a political climate that has reached its boiling point: a Sunni tribal leader called "The Crocodile"; a lawyer-turned-warrior; a Iranian-backed female
militia leader avenging the death of her husband; and, the refugees who inhabit sprawling relief camps that are the scars of ISIS occupation. As we near the end of Ali’s journey, we encounter a jailed ISIS prisoner who reveals the haunting truth behind his organization.

In the aftermath of the largest siege since Stalingrad, sectarian conflict begins to re-emerge - and the tactical victory is met by a stark realization: that the war against ISIS may be over, but the seeds of another conflict have already been sown.