Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square



Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 86 minutes



In 2016 the Iraqi government led a military operation to reclaim the city of Mosul, which had been seized by ISIS two years prior. The bloody battle ended nine months later in victory for Iraq, but it came at a high cost. While the exact numbers are still unknown, the estimated death toll was somewhere around 10,000 people, with over 3,000 being civilians. At one point, ISIS began kidnapping innocent citizens, barbarically using them as human shields. Besides the loss of lives, the structural damage to the city was devastating. In director Dan Gabriel’s eye-opening documentary, MOSUL, viewers are given an unparalleled amount of access to the infamous conflict. The film is assembled from point-of-view combat footage and raw interviews taken by Iraqi journalist, Ali Maula, and his crew. Making the documentary wasn’t easy as the filmmakers risked death, ducking sniper fire and carefully avoiding car bombs. Adding to the film’s authenticity is the fact that Gabriel did six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He and Maula’s personal experiences and vast knowledge of the region make this an important and in-depth documentary on the subject. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 05, 2019 at 6:40 PM

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Strangers in a Strange Land
Voices of the Arab World

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Daniel Gabriel

Dan Gabriel's storytelling is inspired by his work as a former Central Intelligence Agency officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also lived and worked in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Ethiopia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Turkey, and throughout Europe. Gabriel is a graduate of George Washington University, and holds an M.B.A. from Babson College, as well as an M.A. in International Affairs from GWU's Elliott School. He has also completed filmmaking programs with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television.

MOSUL (2019)

Matt Schrader

Hussein Alla, Ayhab Awaad, Khalid Al Bayatti, Riyadh Gheni, Anas Al Taiee

Christopher Campbell

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