We present our interviews from the TIFF premiere of Iraq war drama Mosul, telling the harrowing story of the occupation of the city of Mosul from 2014 to 2017. The film was written and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan., and produced by Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The film stars Waleed Elgadi, Hayat Kamille, Suhail Dabbach, Adam Bessa, Mohimen Mahbuba, Ben Affan and Isaac Elias.
The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and these are the interviews from the red carpet.
Between 2014 and 2017, ISIS occupied the Iraqi city of Mosul. During those years, the only group to fight the occupiers continuously was Nineveh province’s SWAT unit, made up of local men who had either been injured or had a family member killed by ISIS. Carnahan’s Mosul is a gripping tribute to these fighters for whom the incentives were intensely personal. Kawa (Adam Bessa), a 21-year-old police officer, barely survives a firefight. When the smoke clears he meets the men who saved his life, the Nineveh SWAT, led by Jasem (Suhail Dabbach). Kawa’s own uncle was recently killed by ISIS. He joins the group, though they’ve been reduced to just a dozen men with three Humvees and a surplus of cigarettes. Before his first day with Nineveh SWAT is over, Kawa will witness the rescue of a child and the death of several colleagues, take revenge on a man who betrayed him, and participate in the ambush of an ISIS stronghold.