Mosul (film)

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Directed byDaniel Gabriel
Produced byMatt Schrader
Written byDaniel Gabriel, Mike Tucker
Music byPhotek
  • Hussein Alla
  • Ayhab Awaad
  • Khalid Al Bayatti
  • Riyadh Gheni
  • Anas Al Taiee
Edited byChristopher Campbell
Two Rivers Pictures
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release date
  • May 14, 2019 (2019-05-14)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish, Arabic

Mosul is a 2019 documentary thriller about the battle to reclaim the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS) from 2016-2017.[2]


The film is the directorial debut from Daniel Gabriel, who worked in the region as a CIA counter-terrorism officer, and also produced the film.[3] The film focuses on the intersecting narratives of the various Iraqi ethnic groups that were involved in the operation: Sunni tribesman, Shiite militias, Christian fighters, and Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The eyewitness footage was captured over nine months by a camera crew embedded with various units of the Iraqi forces.[4] The film follows Iraqi journalist Ali Maula who is embedded with the militia, along with war widow Um Hanadi, and ISIS recruiter Nasser Issa.[5] Others that appear in footage of Maula's interviews include Captain Alaa Atah of the Iraqi Emergency Response Brigade and Sheikh “The Crocodile” Saleh.[6]


Mosul premiered at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival. The official release date for digital distribution is May 14, 2019,[4][7] by Gravitas Ventures.[3] The film's original score was composed by Grammy-nominated British record producer Photek. The documentary is 86 minutes long.[8] The original score was written by Photek.[3]


The Daily Caller wrote of the film that, "an amazing look at the brave men and women who fought off ISIS to save their city and includes ... incredible combat footage."[9] Film Inquiry wrote, "Gritty, powerful and honest, the film begs to be experienced, discussed, and remembered."[6]


  1. ^ "'Mosul (2019) - IMDb'". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Gray, Tim; Gray, Tim (August 29, 2018). "Alex Wolff, Dominique Fishback to Receive San Diego Festival Honors".
  3. ^ a b c "Film News Roundup: 'Mia and the White Lion', 'Mosul'". February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019..
  4. ^ a b "Mosul (2019)" – via
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  7. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Awards Announced For 2018 San Diego International Film Festival".
  8. ^ "Mosul - Cleveland International Film Festival :: March 27 - April 7, 2019".
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